Slobodan Milosevic is dead, apparently of natural causes. As Sheila Pulham points out in the Guardian, this brings closure, but no justice. Milosevic's trial will never conclude, his defence will never be tested, and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia will never deliver a verdict - meaning that we will never really be able to say whether he was guilty or innocent. Instead, the question of his responsibility for the Bosnian genocide and for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Kosovo will be debated endlessly by historians. Regardless of which way the verdict would have gone, in this sort of case, that is a tragedy.