Medical Doctors and Genocide - Dr. Karadzic Captured
First Do No Harm - it's the time honored Hippocratic Oath of all medical doctors. But there is more:
Psychiatrist...warlord...alternative medicine healer...how does one man make these transitions in a lifetime? Born in 1945, his father fought against the Nazis and Tito. Karadzic moved to Sarajevo in 1960 and studied to be a psychiatrist, married and wrote poetry. He was active in the Green party and helped found the Serbian Democratic Party (SDS) in 1990. By 1992 he declared himself head of state of the newly formed Serbian Republic of Bosnia and Hercegovina. He joined forces with Serbian leaders Slobodan Milosevic and Ratko Mladic. A two year war of "ethnic cleansing" against civilians ensued leaving many dead and many more homeless or displaced.
Karadzic isn't the first psychiatrist or medical doctor to go to the dark side. The question is why? What drives them to forego their oaths and murder rather than heal?
Thank you Srebrinka Genocide Blog for use of photo Mass Grave: Children Shot in Head