February 17, 2008


Kosovo prepares declaration of independence (The Associated Press, February 17, 2008)

By sidestepping the United Nations and appealing directly to the United States and other countries for recognition, Kosovo set up a showdown with Serbia - outraged at the imminent loss of its territory - and Russia, which warned that the declaration would set a dangerous precedent for separatist groups worldwide.

Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, a former leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army whose ethnic Albanian guerrillas clashed with Serbian troops in a 1998-99 conflict that claimed 10,000 lives, was expected to convene an extraordinary session of Parliament on Sunday afternoon to proclaim the Republic of Kosovo.

On the eve of the Serbian province's bid for statehood, Thaci hailed it as "a historic day in our effort to create a state."

It's odd but instructive how long it takes even a nation that has our support to declare its independence.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 17, 2008 9:24 AM

One of the lessons: if you aren't always trying to kill the Jews next door, people will view your desire for nationhood with more sympathy.

Posted by: PapayaSF at February 17, 2008 5:55 PM

Recognition Kosovo by US, France and UK is final step of movement which those countries took with brutally bombing serbian civilians in 1999. Definitely, world is a not a perfect place for justice

Posted by: Dejan at February 19, 2008 2:55 AM

It is really not worthy of attention and funny and it is of course tha biggest proof the Bush and his suite are not only mass murderers, genocides, criminals, swindlers ( of course they are a.m. most of all ) but mental louts and idiots too. What will be the future of this Kosovo ?- the future of this country will be just as present situation of Iraq. Kosovo looks as it looks because it is the pat of Serbia, then if it will indpendent ruled by Albanians -it will be second Albania and it is known that poverty, poor economical situation leads to chaos, terro and it will be trigger zone - in a few years all these people will be fight with each other and every will want siomething another: the one group will want to come back to Serbia, the other to Albania and the third will want to keep independence and independent Kosovo will fall in. Nobody believes that Albanians can create economical paradise in Kosovo.
I wait for time in which Texas will be independent at last. Small backwoods with primitive representative, who rules in USA. It would be really better if Bush ruled in his real homeland - Texas and it will be indpendent on USA. He could be even an emperor there realise his sick ideas there.

Posted by: Margo at February 19, 2008 5:42 AM

Kosovars don't consider themselves Serbian, so they aren't.

Posted by: oj at February 19, 2008 7:36 AM