Neil Clark : Kosovo a Crisis of The West's Own Making

Andrej Tisma wrote:
> The Australian
> December 24, 2007
> A crisis of West's own making by Neil Clark

> Powerful Western nations make threats to Serbia.
> Despite Western threats for it to accept Kosovan
> independence, Belgrade is standing firm. Serbian armed
> forces are on standby to reclaim the province by force
> if necessary. Russia has promised Serbia its support.
> If war does follow, then Serbia will no doubt be
> blamed by Western governments for not toeing the line.
> But it would be an unfair judgment.
> The present crisis in Kosovo has been caused not so
> much by Serbian intransigence, but by the West's
> policy of intervention in the internal affairs of
> sovereign states, which, over the past decade has
> caused chaos, not only in the Balkans, but across the
> globe.
> Ten years ago, Kosovo was at relative peace. Albanian
> demands for independence from Belgrade were being
> channeled through the peaceful Democratic League party
> of Ibrahim Rugova, while the small groups of Albanian
> paramilitaries that did exist were isolated and had
> little public support.
> According to a report by Jane's intelligence agency in
> 1996, the Kosovo Liberation Army, the most extreme of
> Albanian paramilitary groups, does not take into
> consideration the political or economic importance of
> its victims, nor does it seem at all capable of
> hurting its enemy.
> It has not come close to challenging the region's
> balance of military power. As late as November 1997,
> the KLA, officially classified by the US as a
> terrorist organisation, could, it has been estimated,
> call on the services of only 200 men.
> Then, in a policy shift whose repercussions we are
> witnessing today, the West started to interfere big
> time. The US, Germany and Britain increasingly saw the
> KLA as a proxy force which could help them achieve
> their goal of destabilising and eventually removing
> from power the regime of Slobodan Milosevic, which
> showed no inclination to join Euro-Atlantic
> structures.
> Over the following year, the KLA underwent a drastic
> makeover. The group was taken off the US State
> Department's list of terrorist organisations and, as
> with the Mujahideen in Afghanistan a decade or so
> earlier, became fully fledged freedom fighters.
> Large-scale assistance was given to the KLA by Western
> security forces. Britain organised secret training
> camps in northern Albania. The German secret service
> provided uniforms, weapons and instructors.
> The Sunday Times in Britain published a report stating
> that American intelligence agents admitted they helped
> to train the KLA before NATO's bombing of Yugoslavia.
> Meanwhile, Rugova's Democratic League, which supported
> negotiations with Belgrade, was given the cold
> shoulder.
> When the KLA's campaign of violence, directed not only
> against Yugoslav state officials, Serb civilians and
> Albanian collaborators who did not support their
> extremist agenda, led to a military response from
> Belgrade, the British and Americans were ready to hand
> out the ultimatums.
> During the 79-day NATO bombing of Yugoslavia that
> followed, the West made promises of independence to
> the KLA which, eight years on, are coming back to
> haunt them.
> Recognising an independent Kosovo will push Serbia
> from the Western orbit as well as creating a real
> chance of war. And it will set a precedent: if the
> rights of self-determination for Kosovan Albanians are
> to be acknowledged, then what about the rights of
> self-determination for Serbs in Bosnia, who wish to
> join Serbia?
> Doing a U-turn, and attempting to get independence
> postponed, runs the risk of violence from Kosovo's
> Albanian majority. It's an almighty mess, but one of
> the West's own making.
> Had it not intervened in Yugoslav internal affairs 10
> years ago, it is likely a peaceful compromise to the
> Kosovan problem would eventually have been found
> between the government in Belgrade and the Democratic
> League. Rugova's goal was independence for Kosovo from
> Serbia, but only with the agreement of all parties.
> What is certain is that without Western patronage the
> KLA would never have grown to the force it eventually
> became.
> By championing the most hardline force in Kosovo, the
> West not only helped precipitate war, but made the
> issue of Kosovo much harder to solve.
> It is ironic that for supporters of liberal
> intervention, Western actions in Kosovo are still seen
> to have been a great success. It was at the height of
> the NATO bombing campaign against Yugoslavia in 1999
> that the then British prime minister, Tony Blair, made
> his famous speech at Chicago in which he outlined his
> doctrine of the international community.
> Blair argued that the principle of non-interference in
> the affairs of sovereign states - long considered an
> important principle of international order - should be
> subject to revision. "I say to you: never fall again
> for the doctrine of isolationism," Blair pleaded.
> But after surveying the global debris of a decade of
> Western interference, from the Balkans to Afghanistan
> and Iraq, is it any wonder that isolationism and
> observing the principle of non-interference in the
> affairs of sovereign states again seems so appealing?
> ———————-
> Neil Clark, a regular contributor to The Spectator and
> The Guardian in Britain, teaches international
> relations at Oxford Tutorial College.
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, Eric Dymond

well I think there is a deep history here, going back to the 50's, coldwar and domain rights.
That same history of fear from the west shows up in all the actions taken by western governments to this day.
What began as a genuine fear of the east evolved,after many permutations, into the miasma we now find ourselves in.
The west and those who make policy are genuine in their beliefs. But these beliefs are based on direct extrapolations from the cold war mind set. That mind set was probably right when they could see armed ICBM's aimed at thie territories.
30-40 years later the same mind set is at the helm, yet the reason for the fear has long since faded. As the fear evolved it embraced anti-Cuban, anti-Cypriot, anti-Vietnamese, anti-Libyian, anti-Angolan, anti-Egyptian, anti-Chilean, anti-Sandista, anti-Palestinian, and eventually any voice that emmitted a complaint against the west.
As the sentiment evolved western corporate thinking embraced the tactic in order to further capital generating methods.
So where are we today? After years of this mind set evolving, America is at the brink of bankruptcy and still pondering whether to invade Iran. Corporations (wester) who have a huge stakehold in continuing this mind set are selling the ideas on the street and in the marketplace.
Kosavo is tragedy,as is Iraq and dozens of other states. There isn't a good excuse for either. But given the toxic nature of the old style corporate environment don't expect too much. New technologies will render the old guard impotent eventually. See Toyota trumping GM and at least smile to yourself. Toyota, corporate Giant, could care less about the trials and tribulations of the US based Oil monopoly. They intend to outlive them all. As China and India become economic powers things like Iraq and Serbia will fall into historic oblivion.
There is no Domain at stake for the new economic giants in these far flung provinces.
Well, happy holidays.
Don't worry…, be happy.