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On March 24, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia sentenced Radovan Karadzic – the political leader of the Bosnian Serbs during the 1990s war in the Balkans – to 40 years in prison for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.Karadzic's incendiary views – "Muslims cannot live with others," he once said – still resonate in dark corners of a frightened Europe struggling to accommodate hundreds of thousands of Muslim refugees and in the nativist presidential campaigns of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz in the United States.Twenty years ago, in 1996, I was senior counsel to Madeleine Albright, then America's ambassador to the United Nations. We pushed hard in the U.S. National Security Council for Karadzic's arrest. For years, it allowed Karadzic and Mladic to influence Bosnian politics and swagger in defiance of the rule of law.It is significant that the tribunal found Karadzic guilty of crimes against humanity during the war, for these types of crimes can be as monstrous as genocide.Finally, the crude tactic Karadzic employed in May 1995 to seize United Nations peacekeepers as hostages in order to intimidate NATO earned him another guilty verdict for war crimes.Karadzic will appeal the judgment.
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