January 23, 2007

ARE WE NOT EUROPEAN? WE ARE DEVO:

Kosovo breakaway could raise Scot Nats' hopes (Simon Tisdall, January 23, 2007, The Guardian)

The breakaway British region of Scotland could be among the beneficiaries of this week's expected UN recommendation that Kosovo be granted provisional independence from Serbia, leading in time to full sovereign status. If the plan backed by the US, Britain and Germany is formally accepted by the UN security council, it will be taken as an important international legal precedent by would-be separatist movements from Georgia to Moldova to Chechnya, and possibly also the Scottish National party.

Martti Ahtisaari, a former Finnish president who is the UN's point man on Kosovo, will put forward his proposals on Friday, when he meets the Kosovo contact group in Vienna. If he follows the expected script and backs independence, the implications will be explosive not only for Serbia but for EU unity and Russia's touchy relations with the west.

Kosovo has been part of Serbia since the Middle Ages. By comparison, the Act of Union binding Scotland and England dates back a mere 300 years, to 1707. Serbs view Kosovo as integral to their history and nationhood. Most are adamantly opposed to a breakup, as shown by nationalist success in Sunday's election. But opinion polls suggest many English voters view the prospect of Scotland's secession with equanimity.


To each "species" his own niche.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 23, 2007 7:39 AM
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Just don't forget (as most quasi-Darwinist environmentalists conveniently do), that extinction is an important and necessary part of evolution and speciation. Also that "niches" are by their nature transitory and fragile and that thespecies that depend on them are the first to go when the ecosystem changes.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 23, 2007 11:11 AM

If there is no Britain, why should there be a Scotland? When will Strathclyde attain independence?

Posted by: Joseph Hertzlinger at January 23, 2007 12:31 PM
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