The new formation of a second Albanian state in Europe – backed by the US and several European governments – on the heartland of a multiethnic, yet democratic country, and within in its internationally recognized borders, is in flagrant violation of international law, above all the UN Charter and its fundamental principle of sovereignty. Kosovo & Metohija are part of a sovereign state - the Republic of Serbia. That Kosovo is an integral part of Serbia has been approved once again by Resolution 1244 of the Security Council from 1999 that ended the NATO bombing campaign of not only Serbia’s defense forces, but also bridges and other civilian infrastructure, civilian factories, power and heating plants, and even TV station.
The deliberate shattering of international law by naked force not only sets a dangerous precedent – any minority, as the Kosovo Albanians are in Serbia, will invoke Kosovo's example (use terrorist action against police and civilians to trigger a reaction by a state's security forces) to further their cause. The US recognition of the illegal formation of a second Albanian state by dismemberment of an internationally recognized country will also further weaken US standing and influence in the world, as the United States are abandoning the Rule of Law for a Rule of Military Power. The US support for the secession will also set the stage for further unrest and bloodshed in the Balkans, with Albanian minorities in Macedonia and Montenegro standing by for the next steps in the formation of a Greater Albania.
While the main media outlets in most cases just rephrase the government’s stance – an unfortunate and dangerous tendency in corporate journalism that is undermining Western democracy – there are many possibilities to learn something that comes much closer to the truth, from sources everywhere in the political spectrum. Here is a, by no means extensive, list of links:
Warning Light on Kosovo (Rodman, Bolton, and Eagleburger on the dangers of recognizing Kosovo)
Ex-US ambassador to the UN John Bolton: Kosovo will spark islamic extremism in Europe
John Bolton for the Washington Post
Former US Secretary of State Laurence Eagleburger: Why independence for Kosovo is a mistake
Day of Infamy: Kosovo Separatists Declare Independence (from antiwar.com)
Counterpunch.org (Political newsletter)
The Real Story Behind Kosovo's Independence (by Jeremy Scahill)
NATO's Kosovo Colony (by Diana Johnstone)
The Absurdity of "Independent" Kosovo (by George Szamuely)
Global Research (Canadian website on globalization)
Kosovo Independence: "End of Europe" (Comments by top political analysts on Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov’s Kosovo warning.)
Kosovo countdown - Lessons for Sri Lanka (What a far-way country like Sri Lanka may learn to prevent its own Kosovo.)
E.U. Police and Military Intervention to enforce Secession from Serbia
Opening a Pandora's Box: Kosovo "Independence" and the Project for a "New Middle East" (An interesting article on parallels between the breakup of Yugoslavia and the development in the Middle East, and its relation to Neo-Colonialism.
Guardian: comments: The EU’s greatest dilemma
The Japan Times : The case against Kosovo independence (or why nations with concentrated ethnic minorities have reason to be anxious)
The European JTF weblog
Kosovo's Independence and Asia (from the Korea Times)
The Daily Moesian
The Conservative Voice
Greek News Online
Personal webpages with more information and links
Kosovo: Since 1941 the Serbs have been leaving
Official websites with more information and links
Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Kosovo-Metohija
DISCLAIMER: This is my personal political opinion that is not in any way endorsed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as such.
Last modified 2/19/08.
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