The Alternative Medicine of Genocide

Radovan Karadzic has been caught. The leader of an area of Bosnia dominated by “Serbs” (that is to say Orthodox Christians) — he was in control during the massacre of 8,000 Muslims in the town of Srebrenica in 1995 and the 43-month siege of Sarajevowhere 11,000 people died from sniper fire, mortar attacks, starvation, and illness.

I am writing about this event for one key reason, Karadzic was living out his life openly and publicly as a practitioner of “Alternative Medicine”… here is a link to his website,

For me, the curious thing about alternative medicine is not the large number of programs out there, many sponsored by well known and reputable universities, nor is it that such therapies, stripped bare of other external/internal stimuli fail to show efficacy — what interests me is that somehow, in some fashion, at least some people are benefiting from it.

The growth and popularity of alternative medicine, coupled with the fact that holding stones over one’s body — or manipulating “chi” — or ingesting highly diluted herbal remedies does nothing in clinical trials (yet thousands of personal testimonials claim otherwise) — it simply shows the powerful role that thinking and believing has in one’s life and sense of well-being, it shows that simply substituing a new “reality” can convince your body to heal…

And this is where we return to Karadzic and genocide, not because his practicing alternative medicine says anything about such therapies, but because millions of Serbian people are going to defend him against what they perceive to be a biased Hague court. Karadzic himself clearly believes in the rightness of his actions not only willing to defend himself at trial, his pre-trial lawyer is quoted as saying, “He is convinced that with the help of God he will win.”

What is the belief that your religion, culture, and ancestry are superior — that you should conquer and kill for what you perceive as past injustices — what is it if not the creation of a new reality, and what is genocide if not the worst kind of “alternative medicine” for your country’s well-being?


10 Responses

  1. What I keep thinking about is our (collective human ability/drive/need…whatever) to be the ones on top.

    I find the very effort of existence (if in fact I even do outside my own mind…) to be a worthy enough effort. I have to really work to exert my own will on myself at times and the use of your will on someone else–unless its your children and they are breaking shit/doing dangerous things/annoying me…is kind of silly.

    Trying to find contentment within yourself is a challenge and how others live their lives really should be of no consequence to others or influence your own existence and the happiness or sadness it brings.

    Why can’t we just all get along? Hmmm? Seriously, why do you think? Why do people do this sort of thing?

  2. “he is responsible for the massacre of 8,000 Muslims in the town of Srebrenica in 1995 and the 43-month siege of Sarajevo, where 11,000 people died from sniper fire, mortar attacks, starvation, and illness.” He is accused, but itis not proved that he is guilty, so please stop saying bullshit… I’m not defending him, I’m glad he is in prison, he have to pay for what he did, but let the court decide if he is guilty or not, as far as I know, nobody is guilty until it is proved being guilty… Who the fuck r u to decide who is guilty and who isn’t???

  3. Who “the fuck” am I? I am just some guy. Karadzic has been named responsible by Dutch and U.N. reports for both events named above. I believe the Hague tibunal will determine if he is guilty of “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity.”

    In any case, that is not the point of the post. I was commenting on how one’s perspective greatly influences truth and in some cases efficacy.

    In deference to your point-of-view, however, I did change “he was responsible for” to “he was in control during.”

  4. Don’t get me wrong, i do believe he is responsible, tho i’m sick of all the media and all the people that already convicted him of all of the above… no matter who he is he have right for a fair trail, but when all the world is forgetting basics of law, i dont believe there are fair trails, at least in hague tribunal, specially after seeing all the other but serbs being set free, or getting much much less for same crimes than serbs… I understand that we lost the war, but still, war crime is war crime, no matter if serb or any other did them…

  5. I agree with you about the media. I lived in Belgrade for a year and understand your frustration over the villification of Serbs and Serbia. It’s not healthy and it’s not right. I am not commenting on Kardzic’s guilt/innocence, I am going after a bigger topic. I should write someting about how Serbia is portrayed in the media… I think I will, soon.

  6. hehe,i know who u are, and u know who i am i think… if hope u remember me…

    Goran Terzic, Ana’s friend from Mega 😀

  7. Spot on – I find it fascinating – and very telling – how easily Karadzic was able to step over from the world of political extremism to the shady world of quacks and charlatans. Seems like he simply swapped one variety of psychological manipulation for another. I didn’t know about the Dragan Dabic website, though – great find!

  8. “Seems like he simply swapped one variety of psychological manipulation for another.”
    Exectly what i think about all this, my first reaction when i saw who was “Dragan Dabic” was that he once again used the primitivism of the people from here to continue using them to his own benefit….

    this is the website of Dragan Dabic, i never saw this one before, and i think it’s fake and made after the discovery of his true identity….

  10. Looking at google cache, psy-help-energy does seem to have been around since at least July 16th, which was a few days before he was captured – Good thought though – there probably will be 101 bogus sites around this (plus the obligatory fake facebook page!)…

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