The Monitor's View Finding virtue after a war crimes verdict

The conviction of the former Bosnian Serb commander brings justice to many, but also a lesson about equality – the very virtue needed for peace in the Balkans.


A special court set up by the United Nations during the Balkan wars of the 1990s made its final and most important verdict on Nov. 22. It found Ratko Mladić, the former commander of the Bosnian Serb military, guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. While the trial was the most significant since the Nuremberg tribunal, it did not end with any general message about some of Europe’s worst atrocities in the 20th century.