Greetings to East Ethnians around the world from lovely Bismarck, North Dakota, retirement home of the Iron Chancellor. While I would not usually interrupt our family journey, this news item seems quite interesting. Ljiljana Karadžić has made a public statement asking her husband Radovan, subject of an indictment for genocide, to surrender. As she told AP's reporter Radul Radovanović, "Our family is under pressure from all sides, our lives and existence are threatened. We live in an atmosphere of constant worry, pain and suffering. So I have had to decide between loyalty to you and loyalty to my children and grandchildren. And I have decided."
It is anybody's guess whether the statement is a sincere assessment of the situation, an impulsive act about to be retracted, or a publicity stunt. But it might not be much of a reach to say that a lot of people are making decisions like the Kardžić family, between an individual indicted for high crimes and the real responsibilities they face.