Monday, February 25, 2008

Some people have been surprised as to my position on Kosovo's independence. A quote I found on As'ad's blog probably says it all really...

"By identifying Israel with the supposed underdog, ethnic Albanians in Kosovo, Haaretz implicitly recognizes that there are indeed some striking similarities though not ones it would acknowledge. Kosovo, like Israel, was illegally severed by force of arms from another country against the wishes of the majority population of the whole territory. Both entities came into being and can only survive with the sponsorship and support of the Great Powers of the day who sustain them in violation of international law because it suits their imperial interests. Furthermore, both entities are animated by a virulent ethno-nationalism that is fundamentally incompatible with the values of freedom, tolerance and democracy that they claim to have come into being to uphold. In this sense, Kosovo is the latest in a collection of Western-backed pseudo-states that also includes the Kurdish entity in northern Iraq."

5 comments:

Lirun said...

the same could be said about the palestinian cause..

u're not helping..

Wassim said...

I don't intend to help...

Wassim said...

:)

Oswald said...

the same could not be said about the Palestinians. The similarity between Kurds, Jews and Muslim Kosovoars, is that they are all abused minorities. Palestinians do not have this issue as they are culturally and ethnically identical to their neighbors. Why hasn't there been a Palestinian declaration of Independence?

Nicolas said...

@wassim
Aua.... throwing Kurds/ Kosovo-Albanians/ Israeli Jews together.... There are (historically) far more differences then parallels between any of them.

Anyway something else strikes me:
"severed by force of arms from another country against the wishes of the majority population of the whole territory"
All the smaller entities that fell victim to a bigger neighbor or the allocation to different states by imperial powers don't have principally any right to fight by force for independence? Really?

(Btw I am totally against the declaration of independence by the Kosovo Albanians I just don't follow your/ As'ad's reasoning)