Vol. 1 No. 7 July 1999

The crisis in Kosovo continues to illuminate the glaring gap between the quality of reporting in America and in the rest of the world. In Western Europe, in particular, the tragedy in the Balkans has come to be seen as the defining moment of our civilization and of its chances for survival in the coming century.

John Laughland, writing in the Times of London (April 22), identified the fundamental issue at stake in Kosovo: the leftist internationalist conspiracy to destroy the nation-state, and thereby the very concept of nation:

Among the charred corpses and smoking ruins of Kosovo there lies an unreported casualty. It is not one of the hundreds of physical victims of Nato's bombs but instead a metaphysical one. In 1999 as in 1389, the Blackbird Field has witnessed the defeat of that spiritual body of values which . . . used to be known as the West. . . . [T]he war is being fought to destroy the very principles which constitute the West, namely the rule of law. Unlike in 1389 however, the enemy is not the Sultan but rather the leaders of the Western nations themselves. . . . The bombing started because Milosevic refused to allow hostile foreign troops on to Yugoslav soil. Overturning this refusal remains Nato's overriding purpose. Yet this demand is completely incompatible with the logic of a system of sovereign states, which for the past 350 years has formed the bas is of Western politics,...

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