Sunday, March 12, 2006

Milosevic's Death Surrounded in Mystery

The recent death of former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic seems destined to provide grist for the rumor mill for many years to come.

According to patholocists involved in his autopsy, the dictator, who was found dead in his "cell" yesterday, was found to have had a combination of drugs in his body that were contraindicated (ie. they were working against each other).

24-hours before he died, Milosevic sent a six-page letter to Russia accusing his captors of "poisoning" him and giving him medications that were harmful to his health.

The UN Tribunal has already "ruled" that the man who they had on trial for 4 years did not die from poisoning. This is surprising since the enquiry has not yet been completed.

There appear to be four scenarios rising to the top of the speculation ladder today:

1. That Milosevic died of natural causes specifically related to his serious heart condition.

2. That he was systematically given inappropriate medications with the intent to cause his death.

3. That he was, of his own choice, refusing to take the prescribed medications as intended and was taking alternative medications instead (or in addition) prescribed by other doctors or medical advisors. The unintended consquences of this self-chosen and defiant medication mess contributed to his death.

4. That the mismanaged medical treatments were intentionally self-inflicted with the intent to commit suicide.

Personally, I feel confident in eliminating #2 from this list. After all, Milosevic and his interminable trial by an international tribunal, had become a dependable cash-cow for the judges, prosecutors, defencers and many, many other personnel involved in the case. His death effectively puts most of them "out of work."

No, for once I think I can let the UN off the hook. If there was any corruption or deceit in this matter it wasn't that these people wanted Milosevic dead, but that they wanted to keep him alive and on trial for their own personal gain.

The man has died. He has already been found guilty by the court of world opinion. The tribunal would have added little or nothing more to this matter.

For the best interest of history, I suggest that the tribunal sentence his dead body to be cremated and the ashes scattered somewhere over the North Sea. This is one person who is not worthy of either a memorial to his life or even a final "resting place."