Kosovo Declares Independence As expected Kosovo finally declared it’s independence from Serbia with much celebration amongst the Albanians and consternation by the Serbs. And equally as expected Serbia and Russia are bitterly complaining about it making ominous statements of implied aggression, instability, and violence through out the world when really it’s about the ending of Serbian (and thereby Russian) domination, exploitation, and suppression of the native Albanians. Let’s be honest, would you want to live under Serbian rule with that government’s recent and unapologetic history of genocide, rape, and oppression of non-Serbs?
While the Russians have a slightly valid concern that Kosovo’s actions could spark separatist movements around the world, their words must be taken with a grain of salt given their recent abuses and atrocities in Chechnya over Chechen independence and the retaliatory Chechen terrorist attacks inside Russia resulting from such abuses. Of course Russia won’t complain about the numerous little rebellions and unrest they’re funding in former Soviet states under the guise of ethnic independence and self-governance (i.e. Georgia, Estonia, Lithuania, etc.).
Regardless, given the careful negotiations involving EU diplomats Kosovo will be recognized by several countries (likely to include the United States) in all probability in the coming days, so Serbia and Russia’s refusal to acknowledge the newly independent nation will be moot. Now it’s just a matter of how much of an international row are they willing to commit over Kosovo.