I am beyond flabbergasted, outraged, and insane with grief. Today, Radovan Karadzic reported to The Hague, that great bastion of international justice, and refused to enter a plea, either guilty or not guilty. So, the judge presiding over the case entered pleas of “not guilty” on all 11 counts that the (alleged) war criminal Karadzic is up on. I understand that this might be standard operating procedure, perhaps, when a defendant refuses to enter a plea. Nonetheless, the “not guilty” plea entered on his behalf flabbergasted me, because Karadzic is not your average criminal. Couldn’t the judge have just written “refuses to cooperate?” OK, whatever.
So, I kept on reading the CNN article reporting on this, and this is what outraged me:
Then, in a friendly exchange, Karadzic asked the judge, “May I hold you to your word?”
“Which word?” Bonomy replied.
“That I am not guilty,” Karadzic said, smiling.
“We shall see in due course, Mr. Karadzic,” replied Bonomy, also smiling.
Smiling?! He is freaking smiling with a war criminal?! I can understand him just doing his job and entering “not guilty” but by smiling with the guy, like he is having a laugh with an old pal, it’s like dancing on the graves of the people Karadzic ordered massacred. Where is the humanity?! Has this world only just now lost it’s mind, or has it always been monstrously insane?! Or have people just become more blatant about displaying their stone-cold hearts?
Whatever the case, I am insane with grief, and I am not even Bosnian.