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Kosovo’s “independence”

February 20, 2008

Hypocrisy is one commodity in abundant supply these days. After burning several hundred Christian churches and driving out most of the non-ethnic Albanian Kosovars, The Kosovo Parliament endorsed the independence of Kosovo. Serbia and Russia immediately denounced the move saying that it could well lead to outbreak of a new conflict. The US and some of the EU states immediately recognized the newly independent Kosovo.

There seems to be more than a hint of a double standard in the United States support for Kosovo. The US has continuously sought Russia’s help in dealing with concerns over Iran’s nuclear intentions. At the same time, the US has been steadily working on a ballistic missile defense system which Russia considers a threat. Support for Kosovo’s independence may be the last straw in US – Russia relations.

All that aside, I wonder how the US government would feel if Alaska were to declare its independence and Canada and Russia sent troops to ensure the newly independent Alaska’s security? What if the southwestern states were overrun by Mexicans seeking to annex the states as part of northern Mexico? No, strike that, that’s really happening, today.

Kosovo’s independence is a matter between Kosovo, Serbia, and like it or not, Albania. Meddling in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation is a recipe for more “unintended consequences.”

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