Originally Posted by jennyranson
I do agree that he will be judged by history. But there are so many refugees who lost everything, and of course the families of the dead who were waiting to hear a verdict, who wanted to see him punished in some way, and they now feel cheated. I am sure many Holocaust survivors felt the same (not that I am trying to compare the 6 million Nazi victims with the 350,000 or so who died in the Yugoslav wars).
I think it's not unfair to compare the victims of Milosovic's genocide with those who were killed by the Nazis. The Nazis killed more people, of course, but every person killed was an individual and really, I don't think you can say that Milosovic was "not as bad" as Hitler just because he "only" was responsible for the deaths of 350,000 people.
It does worry me, though, to hear about people talking about how they feel "cheated" if the perpetrator of the crime is not punished in a particular way. In the US we heard it in this past week in the death penalty trial of Zacarias Moussaoui, the person accused of conspiracy in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. When it looked like the death penalty might be taken off the table, relatives of victims were saying on TV that it was like their loved ones dying all over again. Or when the Oklahoma City bombers were executed - it made me sad to think that a lot of family members probably thought that they would have some sort of "closure" once Timothy McVeigh was dead. I suspect that most of them were very, very disappointed to realize that they did not find the peace they were seeking once he was dead. Healing just has to come from other sources.
I just don't think it's a sign of health or healing to want to see someone suffer for what they did to you and your family. I'm not saying it's not natural to an extent, just that it's probably not really a good thing. Those who believe in God certainly can believe that someone will be punished in exactly the way s/he deserves. And even aside from that, wanting revenge isn't a good thing. It should be enough to know that the person will never hurt anyone else again. Healing beyond that point is obviously far from easy, but it also doesn't fall within the scope of the criminal justice system.