Kosovo & Metohija’s illegal secession from Serbia – a dangerous precedent
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.
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.