Slobodan Milošević, former president of Yugoslavia and Serbia was the first head of state to be tried by an international court for war crimes and genocide. Milosevic had driven whole communities from their homelands to make way for their fellow Serbs, his forces had murdered thousands of civilians and the wars he provoked launched the term ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ and they tore Yugoslavia apart.
First Croatia and Slovenia, then Bosnia and Macedonia broke away leaving Sebia dominant in a much reduced Yugoslavia. In December 1995, the same Milošević who had been called the ‘Butch of The Balkans’ was welcomed to Paris to sign the treaty that brought peace to Bosnia and the region. Everyone at the ceremony knew that only Milosevic further Serb aggression.
This three part documentary series reveals how Milošević was the key player in all of this and tells the tale of how relations between the US and Milošević went from Bill Clinton offering him a Cuban cigar to not more than three years later Clinton sending bombers to drive the Serb leader out of Kosovo.