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Learning from Slobodan Milosevic's Destruction
Slobodan Milosevic, former President of Yugoslavia was found dead in his cell on March 11, 2006 in the UN war crimes tribunal's detention center. As noted in a great editorial in the Washington Post, milosevic poster defaced with mud

“The life of Slobodan Milosevic offers another lesson in how one individual can shape the course of history.”

Milosevic, who came to power as Yugoslavia emerged from communist rule at the end of the 1990s, flamed racial tension and promoted ethnic cleansing that resulted in brutal civil war and the deaths of 200,000. The editorial notes that while contemporary political leaders Nelson Mandela and Mikhail Gorbachev sought peace in highly charged environments…..

“Mr. Milosevic was the antithesis of those great leaders. More than is generally recognized, at least in his own country, he was personally responsible for the most destructive conflict, and most terrible atrocities, recorded in Europe since World War II.”

My hope is that the life and death of Milosevic reminds us that the those who use hate, fear, intolerance, force and violence in their quest for power and authority do not lead but eventually fail. It was Gandhi who said,

“Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.”

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