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There is not a little hypocrisy in the decision to recognize Kosovo and ignore Serbia's protests, in that everyone tried for years to get Milosević and friends to follow the law. To listen to the law. Now the U.S. and certain members of the EU are blatantly ignoring UNSC 1244, which honors territorial integrity in Serbia and despite negotiations is still valid.

The more I think about this the angrier I become, because if we are not going to honor this UN resolution, why should anyone honor any other UN resolution? What the hell was the point of all the work that went into the resolution and negotiations? Serbia and Kosovo may have to be continually sent to separate corners of the ring, and Kosovo may have eventually ended up independent anyway, but dear god today's decision was really screwed up. This has really set a difficult precedent.

Now I'm thinking of all the secessionist movements in the U.S. Does anyone else think that as small and on-the-fringe as they are, recognizing Kosovo's independence today has just given them more legitimacy?

by lychee on Sun Feb 17th, 2008 at 05:50:20 PM EST
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