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 where 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, http://dragandabic.com/
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?