This is the first Bastard of the Day in memorium: Slobodan Milosevic, found dead in his prison cell today. The "Butcher of the Balkans" is no more. As former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Richard Holbrooke said, "I'm not going to shed any tears." Milosevic was still undergoing trial for "66 charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes." Although I don't know the horrific details about his actions, I don't think it is a stretch to figure he was guilty of at least a count or two.
One wonders why the International Criminal Tribunal brought so many charges against him that would take more than four years in court. Wouldn't it be more expedient to pick a handful of ironclad cases and put him away for life based on those? Just focus on the worst ones and leave it at that. Were the In Cold Blood killers tried for stealing that kid's radio? Of course not -- it paled in comparison to the four homicides they committed.
Maybe the tribunal figured he wasn't going anywhere so they could take their time. I know what they would probably say -- something about how every crime is important, every life matters, each case must be seen through to justice, etc. But look what happened... Now Milosevic apologists can say he was never convicted of those heinous crimes, as if he never committed them. Well Milo, convicted or not, you'll always be a bastard in my book.
UPDATE 03/20/2006 - Mark Vlasic, one of the Milosevic's prosecutors, offers some examples of Milo's evil deeds that go above and beyond mere bastardry.