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July 23, 2008

Posing as an alternative healer, Karadzic lectured, wrote for "Healthy Life," maintained website

Radovan Karadzic seemed like such a nice old quack. Now that he's been arrested for war crimes his neighbors find it hard to believe that a mass murderer was plying them with acupuncture and lecturing about meditation all these years....

“For an older person, he had very many interests,” said Maja Djelic, 28, a Belgrade resident who, like Mr. Karadzic, wrote for the magazine Healthy Life. She said they also met for coffee and conversations, about acupuncture and the Internet, at a cafe called Biblioteka in downtown Belgrade. Mr. Karadzic, she recalled, was very interested in improving his Web site.

“He said, when being introduced, ‘My name is Dr. Dabic, but call me David,’ ” she said, adding that the two met last November. During an interview Tuesday, Ms. Djelic referred to him as Dr. David, not Karadzic.

“He was really friendly and really open and had a way of speaking with people,” Ms. Djelic said.

She said that he did not speak with a Bosnian accent, and that he seemed like a valuable member of the small alternative-medicine community here, not someone who could have been the force behind the notorious Srebrenica massacre and the deadly siege of Sarajevo.

“I still don’t believe it’s the same person,” she said, though the editor in chief of the magazine confirmed in interviews with numerous news outlets that Mr. Karadzic, under his assumed identity, had written for Healthy Life. [NYT]

If anyone has a link to Karadzic's website, please let me know. (Please, please let it be an altie blog...)

Update: Commenter Vance points to the link, which Laura Rozen reported at War and Piece.

Here's a snippet from Kradzic's bio at http://dragandabic.com/:

After Russia, Dr. Dabic travelled around India and Japan, after which he settled in China where he specialized in alternative medicine, with a special emphasis on the mind-body control, meditation, Yoga, spiritual cleansing, as well as Chinese herbs. In mid-1990s Dr. Dabic returned back to mother Serbia for good, and ever since then emerged as one of the most prominent  experts in the field of alternative medicine, bioenergy, and macrobiotic diet in the whole of the Balkans, and is frequent contributor to the regional alternative health magazines, and guest expert with numerous TV appearances and on many public forums, seminars and symposiums (Belgrade, Novi Sad, Pancevo, Sombor, Smederevo, Kikinda...) dedicated to these issues and topics.

Dr. Dragan Dabic currently resides on Yury Gagarin street in New Belgrade, but for public forum invitations, television appearances or private consultations he can be reached directly at the following contact: healingwounds@dragandabic.com

Not bad for an internationally wanted fugitive. But here's the best part...

10 favorite ancient Chinese proverbs as selected personally by Dr. Dabic: - Behind every able man, there are always other able men. - Teacher opens the door, but you must enter by yourself. - A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion. - He who cannot agree with his enemies is controlled by them. - If your strength is small, don't carry heavy burdens. If your words are worthless, don't give advice. - A flawed diamond is better than a common stone that is perfect. - Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. - If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, teach people. - You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair. - The one who gives up his own, should dig two graves.

I can't stop imagining Ask a Ninja-style signoffs for Drabic's "Healthy Life" articles. Thanks for the question, Dejan from Belgrade, and I look forward to ending your healthy life, soon...

Update 2: The Dabic website appears to be a practical joke. The WHOIS data shows that it was created on July 22, which suggests that it's not the real deal. I'll confess, I was fooled. My compliments to the prankster. The proverbs were an inspired flourish.

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Very apt, I think. Who better to push mental and physical snake oil than a snake?

Some are calling this a fake -- not sure how to evaluate that.

The real site is much better. Human Quantum Energy!

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