From the latest installment of Jasmina Tesanovic's series on the Scorpions trial in Belgrade:
Sighs from the audience. Today we are sitting in the usual crowd with relatives of victims and criminals, but there is a new, third lot in dark suits and fancy caps. The wife of one war criminal asked the men in suits, "Who are you, if I may know."
"We are the police," says one, slightly embarrassed. He meant the secret police.
She retreats in awe. I guess her husband claimed too that he was on a secret mission. A mission of secretly executing as many people as he could.
Here are links to the series, appearing on BoingBoing:
- Scorpions Trial, Day One
- Scorpions Trial, Day 2.
- Scorpions Trial, Day 3
- Belgrade: New Normality
- Belgrade: The Muslim Women
UPDATE: Tesanovic has a new installment up, Scorpions Trial, April 13, which contains this, um, interesting excuse:
Asked as to what is normality for him he explained thoughtfully: a normal person would not go to fight a war, he would stay back home. Once you are there you stop being normal.
. . . yet the context of this is a war crimes trial: what happened was outside acceptable norms, even for a war.