Still Hunting the World's Most Wanted Man

12 years later, architect of Bosnian massacre remains at large
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2007 4:56 PM CST
European Union forces and NATO troops searched the homes of the family members of Bosnia's most wanted war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic on Friday, Nov 23, 2007, in Pale, Bosnia, looking for leads that...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – He ordered mass murders, used gang-rape as a military weapon, and coined the term "ethnic cleansing" in the Balkans War, but a dozen years later Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic still roams the hills where he once wrought havoc. With Karadzic still a fugitive from international justice, the Guardian traveled to rural Bosnia to discover why the West has failed so completely to capture him.

The Guardian's correspondent discovers virulent racism and deep-seated suspicion of outsiders; one man runs him out of town. Karadzic has been spotted here, and a statue commemorates the "war of liberation" that the rest of the world thinks of as genocide. As for Srebrenica, site of the ethnic cleansing of 8,000 men and boys in 5 days, that town's name has become a pro-Serbian football chant.