The American Interest

Kosovo Crisis Becomes Global

The unilateral declaration of independence by the Albanian leadership in Kosovo on February 17, and the subsequent recognition of the new entity by the United States and most E.U. countries, crowned a decade and a half of iniquitous U.S. policy in the former Yugoslavia.  By recognizing “Kosova,” the White House has made a great leap into the unknown—one that is comparable to Austria’s July 1914 ultimatum to Serbia.  The result will be equally devastating.

Aiding and abetting Muslim designs in the Balkans, in the hope that this will earn us some credit in the Islamic world, has been a major goal of U.S. policy in the region since at least 1992.  The failure of this policy to yield any dividends has only prompted its architects to redouble their efforts, as Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns proved on February 18, a day after Kosovo declared independence.  Noting early recognitions of Kosovo by Turkey and Afghanistan and “a very strong and supportive comment by the Organization of the Islamic Conference,” he reminded his audience that

Kosovo is going to be a vastly majority Muslim state, given the fact that 92 to 94 percent of their population is Muslim.  And we think it is a very positive step that this Muslim state, Muslim majority state, has been created today.  It’s a stable—we think it’s going to be a stable state.

If Washington thinks...

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