It Never Ends, Does It?
200,000 protest Kosovo’s independence in Belgrade last night. Our US embassy burned and a protestor was found dead, scorched within it. Our diplomats are ordered to return and Americans to keep low profiles.
“Kosovo is Serbia” are the chants going on today and so was Bosnia and so was Croatia and so was…. Somehow, someway, I’m sure America will have once been part of Serbia as well.
90% of the Kosovo population is Albanian.
Bosnia’s pre-war demographics constituted Bosniaks – 43.7%, Croatians – 17.3%, Serbs 31.4% and Yugoslavs 5.5%. The Dayton Agreement separated Bosnia into two entities and handed over 49% of the land and called it Republika Srpska – 49% of the land handed over to a population that once constituted only 31% of the overall make-up within the borders of Bosnia Hercegovina. Don’t even get me started about trying to return to our homes – I was pinned between a car and a stone wall two years ago just for having a camera (sure sign that you’re going to take the present occupant of your home to court to get it back) Don’t even get me started in regards to what happens when you go to court for you property .. ughhh! maps
We rewarded ethnic cleansing, attempted genocide and terror with territory .. are we really wondering what is going to going to happen with Kosovo?
Are we really surprised with this?
The Republic of Srpska in the Bosnian federation is ready to secede if independent Kosovo gains wider recognition. The Parliament of the Republic of Srpska, the Serbian-populated part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, decided Thursday night it would secede if Kosovo gained wider international recognition.
I often thought of the Dayton Accords as a band aide to a gaping wound but I welcomed the peace. I welcomed not recieving news of death every week. I welcomed the opportunity for this to resolve itself over the years. Time heals all wounds, right? Now what?