On Kosovo and On Printemps
So, still sick. The sunshine mocks me, I swear. I feel like Typhoid Mary, with unending sickness.
I went back to work, and just chilled out. Sometimes work can be the most peaceful place to recover from an illness. For most part, it's quiet, with light music, understanding colleagues who will get you tea and sympathy. Only thing, you can't have a deep sleep- but hey, naps count.
During a restorative break I read an letter that was written by the Prime Minister of Serbia protesting the independence of Kosovo, saying in part:
"Recognizing the unilateral declaration of Kosovo’s independence from Serbia legitimizes the doctrine of imposing solutions to ethnic conflicts. It legitimizes the act of unilateral secession by a provincial or other non-state actor. It transforms the right to self-determination into an avowed right to independence. It legitimizes the forced partition of internationally recognized, sovereign states.
It violates the commitment to the peaceful and consensual resolution of disputes in Europe. It supplies any ethnic or religious group that has a grievance against its capital with a playbook on how to achieve its ends. It even resurrects the discredited cold-war doctrine of limited sovereignty. "
How convient. No mention of the abuse of Kosovo Albanians- the torture, rape and murder ( what we call lynching here in America), no mention of the history of this abuse, or how Yugoslavia came about. Well, wait, here's this:
"Recognizing Kosovo means saying, in effect, that Serbian democracy must be punished because a tyrant — one who committed heinous deeds against the Kosovo Albanians in the 1990s — was left unpunished. Such misplaced revenge may make some feel better, but it will make the international system feel much worse."
Sorry. Tyrants do not arise out of a vacuum. Milosevic was indeed a monster, but there were many thousands more than willing to follow his lead. Were they outed? Were they punished? Did Kosovo Albanians get a chance to tell their torturers, to their face, that they were criminals, with the support of other Serbians at their side?
Onwards, Kosovo, onwards. You are surrounded by bullies and by the not so friendly hegemon Russia.
Finally, to make the sickness feel a bit shorter, the bulbs are starting to bud out of the ground and the snow crocus are already out. Sweet!