Why am I not surprised that Ambassador gets it so right on Kosovo? It began with a lie and the terrible repercussions of Clinton's war will be compounded if Kosovo independence is recogonized. The Serbs cannot lose Kosovo where Christian churches, monasteries and homes were burned to the ground in pogroms in March 2004. "They cannot lose Kosovo to Albanian Muslims, whose fates are now entirely in the hands of the international Islamist factions with whom they, and we, cast their lot." (Julia Gorin) There are hundreds of radical Islamic Holy warriors hiding in Bosnia, a decade after the end of the war. There is a growing radicalisation, and a new base for Al Qaeda.Let's us not hand the Islamists another victory and pave the way for an Islamic state.
LONDON -- Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton says that the U.S. would be wrong to recognize Kosovo's independence.
He thinks a solution should be founded on an agreement between the two sides.
Speaking in a Serbian-language program on the BBC, Bolton added that the State Department "had led anti-Serbian politics ever since the break-up of the former Yugoslavia," not distinguishing between today’s democratic Serbia and that of the former Slobodan Milošević regime.
"I think the U.S. would be making a mistake if they unilaterally recognized Kosovo. The only reasonable solution would result from talks between the Serbs and Kosovo Albanians. A potential imposed solution could lead to violence, which is in no-one’s interests," warned Bolton.
In his opinion, the fact that "the Europeans are predominantly against a recognition of Kosovo independence without a Security Council resolution, could have a bearing on the U.S.’s position."
As Russia’s position on the Kosovo issue is "crystal clear", Bolton reckons that it is very unlikely that the UN Security Council will even have a chance to decide on the matter.
"The matter has now moved from the Security Council to the wider diplomatic picture. That’s why a potential unilateral U.S. recognition of Kosovo independence would destabilize the region, and have completely the opposite effect to what American policy-making has been striving for these last fifteen years," says the former ambassador.
He says that Washington did not decide on Kosovo independence until after he had retired from the post of U.S. Ambassador to the UN.
"Until 2006, the aim had been to find a mutually acceptable solution. And I still think that’s the best way. But, since the break-up of the former Yugoslavia, the State Department has been leading anti-Serb politics, not distinguishing Milošević’s Serbia from today’s version, which has made great strides towards democratization. In spite of this, the State Department’s position remains firm," says Bolton.
He repeated that "there is no doubt that there is a possibility of the U.S. unilaterally recognizing Kosovo independence."
"That would, of course, be a mistake and I’m not yet sure whether it’s inevitable," Bolton concluded
More on one of those other explosions
Kosovo Serbs victims of fresh attacks and robberies (March 2007)
Albanians attack Serbs, steal cattle near border with Kosovo (April 2007, Serbian TV)
From Reuters on this:
And this AP item was posted on a military blog: Ax-attack on Elderly Serb Couple in Kosovo (March 2005)
Daily Stabs of Violence in Kosovo Rattle U.N. (March 2005)
Like West Bank Jews who occasionally get fired upon while trying to commemorate their dead--Attack on Serbs Visiting Cemetery (November, 2005):
There was a similar incident in November 2006
“What if?” What would happen if the U.S. changed its policy and did not feverishly support Kosovo independence? Nobody discusses the issue with that premise in mind, but this is what has the politicians and UN workers terrified. (Recall the rare candor of the Hungarian EU parliamentarian who in February explained what else drives the West’s Kosovo policy: “We’re afraid of them.”) But giving the Albanians what they demand by violence or threat of violence only encourages further violence. Did concessions to Palestinians engender moderation, or even more radical—and overtly Islamic—violence? Julia Gorin here.