No, that’s not the headline that went with this news story. But it might as well have been.
Kosovo: USA, Bush Authorises Military Aid
The President of the United States, George W. Bush, signed yesterday a document which authorises military assistance to Kosovo.
The document includes Kosovo, which proclaimed in February its independence from Serbia, in the list of countries which are authorised to receive military assistance “with the purpose to strengthen the security of the United States and favour world peace”. The United Sates were among the first countries to recognise Kosovo after its proclamation of independence from Serbia, on February 17.
Bush’s initiative, according to a declaration issued by the White House, aims at strengthening the relation between the USA and Kosovo in the sector of security, at favouring stability in the Balkans and improving the capacity of Kosovo to fight terrorism, take part in peacekeeping activities and face humanitarian emergencies.
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The signature of the document by Bush does not imply the automatic dispatch of military assistance to Kosovo. The White House remarked today, while announcing the decision of the U.S. President, that the possible “supply of defence or service means will be considered according to each individual case” and that “each request will be examined to ensure that it contains all the necessary legal requirements in force at the moment of the sale or the supply” of the military aid. (ANSAmed).
Strengthen the security of the United States… Favor world peace… Stability in the Balkans…
These goals will not be attained by sending military aid to Kosovo. Such aid will have the opposite effect.
The United States (and Europe) will become less secure.
World peace, that elusive chimaera, will recede even further from us.
And the Balkans will become even more unstable.
Has the entire foreign policy establishment in my country gone insane?
Hat tip: insubria.