On June 28th, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary was assassinated in the town of Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina by a Bosnian Serb named Gavrilo Princip. The consequences of this relatively minor event unfolded inexorably over the following two months until all of Europe was plunged into war.
The ignorance and mishandling of the ancient conflicts in the Balkans led directly to Europe’s auto-immolation in two apocalyptic wars, and indirectly to the auto-da-fe of political correctness that has emerged as the regnant European ideology in the wake of those wars.
It’s apparent that no lessons have been learned from these particular mistakes of history, and now the West is intent on repeating them:
Kosovo: Serbs brace for probable secession
Most analysts expect breakaway Kosovo’s majority ethnic Albanians to proclaim independence in the next few months, backed by the US and some European powers, despite staunch opposition from Belgrade and the UN administered province’s tiny Serb minority.
The Serbian government has ordered all its ministries to prepare a “plan of action” to counter a declaration of independence from Kosovo after the failure of the UN sponsored talks.
Details of the government’s “action plan” have not been released as it is classified a state secret.
“Naturally, we can’t reveal all our cards ahead of time, but we won’t be sitting with our arms folded,” government spokesman Milivoje Mihajlovic told Adnkronos International (AKI).
Asked to elaborate, Mihajlovic said Belgrade would first resort to diplomatic means and ‘adjust its relations’ with the countries which might recognise Kosovo’s independence.
Serbia’s position has strong backing in international law and the United Nations Charter, which uphold the inviolability of the existing state borders, Mihajlovic added.
Responding to a suggestion that the Serbian action plan on Kosovo might be devoid of substance, he said mysteriously: “No, it will be more than nothing.”
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A final round of the UN-mediated talks ended last month without reaching a negotiated settlement.
Serbia has offered Kosovo broad autonomy, but insists the province remain part of Serbian territory. Kosovo’s ethnic Albanian majority demands full independence.
After years of international sanctions, the 1990s Balkan wars and subsequent NATO bombings, Serbia is in no position to defend Kosovo militarily against leading world powers and the 16,000-strong NATO presence, analysts said, however.
But prime minister Vojislav Kostunica’s aid, Aleksandar Simic in a Serbian TV appearance on Tuesday shocked the Serbian public when he stated: “War also represents legal means” in defence of the country, “when there are no others.”
Serbia’s key ally, Russia, has already blocked an independence plan for Kosovo in the UN Security Council and Belgrade insists the top UN decision-making body is the only place a valid decision can be made.
Jaksic said the 100,000 Serbs remaining in Kosovo, who live mainly in northern part of the province, would try to retain ties with Belgrade even after the declaration of independence.
He expressed the hope that NATO forces would protect them if ethnic Albanians resorted to violence. “But I have a feeling that they are more concerned with blocking our ties with Belgrade and keeping Kosovo united under
Belgrade political analyst Slobodan Eric said granting Kosovo independence “would not solve, but only freeze the problem. It will inevitably surface again, sooner or later,” Eric told AKI.
I’m ashamed that the American government is the primary arm-twister in this farrago of “self-determination”.
There’s no oil in Kosovo, and no other payoff that I can think of besides the approval of the our good friends among the descendants of King Abd al-Aziz Ibn Abdur Rahman Al-Feisal al-Saud.
So why embark on this patently foolish course?
I can only attribute it to a combination of characteristics that seem peculiar to the Bush administration: ignorance, wishful thinking, and a special brand of feckless optimism uncontaminated by any sense of the likely consequences of our actions.
The KLA is for all intents and purposes is an Islamist criminal gang importing Wahhabism into the heart of Europe, and financing it all by running the major heroin rackets in Western Europe. Turning Kosovo over to them has to be one of the dumbest ideas ever hatched in the plushly-carpeted warrens of Foggy Bottom.
In 1683 the Muslim hordes were turned back at the gates of Vienna. In 2008 the West, led by the United States, will be holding the gates open to welcome them in. And this time there will be no Jan III Sobieski to save us.
God help us all. We will rue the day we grant independence to Kosovo.
Hat tip: insubria.