2008-08-11

Predicting the past

For the last several years, there has been the occasional flurry of stories claiming or conforming that various authorities have known where Ratko Mladić was until some point more than a year before the present. Here is another. Of course there have been moments: nobody really believes that the two soldiers who were guarding an underground play dungeon at Topčider somehow accidentally shot one another at the same time. But generally there is a thread that runs through all of these "Where's Ratko" stories: 1) a representative of a government tries to claim that its predecessor was protecting him, while the present government is not; 2) there is a claim that somebody else knew his location and movements (but we don't); 3) all of the stories involve an active role on the part of the military.

On that last point: let's accept for a moment the null hypothesis that the military is not actively protecting Ratko Mladić on some of the real estate it owns. Is it still impossible to trace the pension payments he receives?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, he is not receiving pension for quite some time (several years)

Eric Gordy said...

Since November 2005, according to the Serbian Ministry for Foreign Affairs: http://www.mfa.gov.yu/Bilteni/Engleski/b040106_e.html.

Owen said...

What's the Serbian for "audit trail"?

Eric Gordy said...

I think it would have to be a verb phrase -- "slediti trag dokumentima" or something similar?