The Apologist.

Author:Abbott, Scott

Letters - Letter to the editor


As the translator of Peter Handke's Journey to the Rivers: Justice for Serbia, and as author of half-a-dozen articles about Handke's work, I don't recognize the writer Michael McDonald vilifies in "The Apologist." He has given readers of this journal a conveniently evil creation of his own heated imagination.

Consider a couple of entries from the catalogue of accepted ideas that make up McDonald's "argument":

* Slobodan Milosevic, "a man most disinterested observers believe to have been responsible for a series of wars that claimed the lives of more than 200,000 people during his 13 years in power."

* Milosevic, "the 'Butcher of the Balkans'"

* Justice for Serbia, "part political harangue and part travelogue."

McDonald is unable to think that the civil war that destroyed Yugoslavia had multiple perpetrators, including Milosevic, Izetbegovic (Bosnia), and Tudjman (Croatia). He implies that Milosevic was alone guilty by reminding us that...

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