Cultural Revolutions

Kosovo Gets Interesting

The problem of Kosovo, an already complex equation with many unknowns, is getting more vexing by the day.  On February 2, U.N. special envoy Martti Ahtisaari unveiled his much-anticipated plan for the final status of the southern Serbian province, which has been under NATO-U.N. occupation since Bill Clinton’s war against the Serbs in 1999.  While avoiding the contentious word independence, Ahtisaari presented the framework for a new Albanian state that would have all the key attributes of sovereign statehood.

The period of international supervision envisaged by the plan, as well as a host of “guarantees” for the few remaining Serbs and other non-Albanians in the province, are but a fig leaf that cannot conceal the fact that Ahtisaari’s plan gives everything to the Albanians and nothing to the Serbs.  The promise of a “review” after two years is mendacious: If, on their current church-burning, dope-smuggling form, the KLA terrorists who run Kosovo are deemed worthy of independence, it is preposterous to hope that anyone would dare suggest otherwise two years from now.  If 150 Serbian churches went up in flames, and a quarter-million Serbs and other non-Albanians were ethnically cleansed while tens of thousands of KFOR soldiers and UNMIK policemen were stationed in the province, Ahtisaari’s “guarantees” will be worthless once they all leave and the KLA...

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