So, Kosovo breaks away from Serbia to become an independent state. Now, let me make it clear from the beginning, I supported NATO’s intervention in Kosovo, and it was right to stop the aspirations of the then Serbian government.
But today we live in a different world. Yes, Kosovo should have ‘protection’ for as long as it is needed, but creating an independent state is both a fallacy and a danger. It is a fallacy because it could not be viable without NATO support, eventually coming under the EU umbrella.
And it is dangerous because this is yet another snub to an area of predominantly, and historically, Russian influence. At a time when Russia is doing enough sabre-rattling of its own, to go down this road is lunacy.
Will we never learn?
© Anthony North, February 2008