Monday, February 18, 2008

Kosovo and the chain reaction

I’m not a nationalist; it breeds blockheads. I’m a supporter of democracy. In this framework I wish for a move towards unity, not fragmentation. A contradiction.

But a note: Kosovo is a Serbian word, and it has a meaning --- named after Kosovo Polje (the field of blackbirds) where they fought Ottomans 600 years ago. Kosova (ending in "a") in Albanian doesn't mean anything but they made it different in the past few years to claim the ownership.

But more important: its a blunder of misguided US foreign policy with its myopic view and disregard for other countries' history, culture and national interests, and the approval by EU bureaucrats will come to haunt them when dealing with their own secessionist movements. And what about the Kurds? Obviously, their case for an independent Kurdistan is much older and stronger than Kosovo. I sympathize with the 'Kosovars', but Albania is already the answer to their aspiration for statehood. You have Albanians and Serbians living in Kosovo. And there are already the states of Albania and Serbia?!

But I have one big question:
are we creating the next global problem of ethnic secession round the world and to violent conflicts for a greater Albania, Catalonia, Basqueland, Nagorno-Karabakh, Taiwan, Kurdistan, Quebec, Turkish Cyprus, Flanders the pro-Russian regions of South Ossetia, Abkhazia, Transdniestr, Crimea, the Donbas and likely the Bosnian Srbska Republic will follow. And tomorrow, Scotland, Corsica, Sardinia and so forth without cease? The principle is once you have a significant ethnic presence anywhere in the world you can mobilise for independence! De facto, the Mexicans can call for independency in South California, as it outnumberd others, and California was original Mexican.

How long before we descend ultimately into city-states?

The unilateral declaration of independence by the ethnic Albanian majority in Kosovo sets a dangerous precedent for some countries, and an onerous precedent for others. And one of them is Turkey.

Day Opening - February 18

Sevilla, Spain