Wednesday, February 20, 2008

[serbia] recognizing kosovo is mindless

There are two choices - mindless or deliberate of NATO's masters:

Nato troops have sealed the northern borders of Kosovo after Serbs angry at its weekend declaration of independence ransacked two crossings.

Hundreds of protesters torched customs and police posts at Jarinje and Banja, manned by UN and Kosovo police.

Closing the borders will infuriate both Kosovo Serbs and Serbia's government, says the BBC's Nick Thorpe in Kosovo.


Since when has there been any historical precedent whatsoever for this as a solution to regional stability? The Serbs will never accept this and at the appropriate juncture will secede the northern part. This blog has said it and said it and said it - the NATO solution is no solution.


9 comments:

Gracchi said...

No I disagree with you- leaving Kosovo in Serbia would be mindless. I agree that the Serb areas of Kosovo if contiguous with the border could be seceded. But Kosovo needs independence- the case is well set out here and its worth remembering how Kosovo suffered in the 90s and how recent Serb claims are to the area.

jailhouselawyer said...

Go to it kid!

A memorable quote I remember from the height of the conflict is: "There is no law here, no justice, just the gun". Chilling. I hope it does not return to this.

Ross said...

The behaviour of the Yugoslav government from the late 1980s until the late 1990s has pretty much ensued that the majority Albanian population of Kosovo won't accept a return to Serbian rule so I don't see what plausible alternative there is to independence. Although like Gracchi I agree that the Serb areas of Kosovo should be allowed to secede back.

Bretwalda Edwin-Higham said...

Serb claims recent? Around 1300 AD is pretty recent, Tiberius.

JHL - it will if Serbia is not pacified.

Ross - the alternative is simple - let the north into Serbia.

Ross said...

Oh I see, I had assumed that you were against Kosovan independence completely. In that case I agree with you.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Having read your previous posts on this, I tend to agree with you.

MJW said...

There are some pretty dangerous precedents being set with this.

I'm wondering what happens if Kosovo attempts to seek unification with Albania, that could destabilise the Macedonia as well as Serbia.

Alternatively what happens if Serbs kick off indigenous land rights claims, the EU and UN can't turn around and say that indigenous land rights are only for trendier ethnicities, or Slavs don't count!

Bretwalda Edwin-Higham said...

There must be a compromise position for any stability.

Wolfie said...

I'm going to take a hard line on this.

Either the Kosovans agree to be part of Serbia or they can bugger-off back to Albania where they belong.

The Nato position is nothing but American mischief.