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Protesters in Belgrade attack U.S. embassy

"In the short term, analysts said an anti-European Union backlash would gain force after the West's support for an independent Kosovo." 

Um, did the analysts say this before or after this riot broke out?

I have more opinions about this but I'm curious to hear what other people think about the recognition of Kosovo as an independent state.  (Russia seems to be one of the few countries not recognizing it while the U.S. and several other European countries are.)

Date: 2008-02-22 03:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] solar-diablo.livejournal.com
I really don't know enough about it, other than it's driven by ethno-nationalist strife (Kosovo is primarily Albanian in ethnic make up, I believe). The US, France and Germany recognize Kosovo's right to be independent based on prior behavior of the Serbs. Russia and China balk at the idea because they feel it sets a dangerous precedent (especially since both of them have a history of dealing with rebellious provinces). I think past atrocities committed by the Serbs makes the West feel we have some moral authority to dictate the future of the Serbian state, and perhaps we do. But I can't help but feel as though the interest and support for an independent Kosovo is driven by something other than humanitarian interests.

Date: 2008-02-22 07:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] unbound-spirit.livejournal.com
I also feel its a dangerous precedent, I have to admit.

Date: 2008-02-23 08:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] freekofnature.livejournal.com
They started World War I and now they are trying to drag all of us into World War III. Make no mistake, they never learn and they never forget. They see no future there, it's just the past repeating itself over and over again!
They will do it and they don't care if they destroy the civilized world in the process. We have to be very very careful in dealing with them. But deal with them we must, if for no other reason than to protect ourselves...

BTW, my dear, I have given the vocational conundrum you face some very serious thought, and I think you should (and I am not kidding, I am perfectly serious) apply to the CIA (and I DON'T mean the cooking school in Hyde Park, NY either!)

It'd be perfect for you, and you already have the perfect cover!

Date: 2008-02-26 01:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] unbound-spirit.livejournal.com
I can neither confirm nor deny that I have any interest in that.

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