By William Markiewicz
For me, demographic considerations are more important than political and even historical considerations. The population that makes itself a majority in their region must have control in their hands. Let’s not forget that former Mexican territories became American due to the number of settlers. A Mexican governor, I don’t remember which, noted that the “Americans come in masses every day in their caravans and we have no way to stop them.” Probably the Americans see Serbia’s loss of Kosovo in the same way as they saw the loss of territories by Mexico to America’s benefit, a typical, pragmatic American attitude. The majority of the world population doesn’t seem very involved as they see that with the power holders, dirty politics prevail over ideas. The US put up a strong fist to defend Taiwan’s separation just as they now support Albanian Kosovo. They don’t even try to explain why they don’t support Tibet or any other separatist trend in strong and/or allied countries like Spain, Italy and other numerous tension points. Just or unjust, recognition of Kosovo’s secession is an act of war against Serbia, taking advantage of Serbia’s relative weakness.
Mitrovica is the place the Serbs have some position in the region and it’s normal that they will do everything to hold on to it. Partition of historical territory doesn’t please anybody but it’s the only point of hope for Serbia. The holy sites must be protected by international forces in view of the tragedies that have occurred when they were undefended. . If they want to be trusted, the international guards must increase their efficiency which has been deplorable up to now. Those international forces must include the most interested – the Serbs.
Secession has to be negotiated to avoid secession for pure avidity, when the rich separate from the poor. Russia has its own separatisms and. they shouldn’t be stubborn about it. Chechnya has the right to be free. Like it or not Chechens must remain Russia’s gracious allies. Russia, to defend its vital interests, can’t afford to lose Caucasus to the gluttony of mighty adversaries and Chechen politicians had better understand this.
Serbia’s decision to cut relations with countries that recognize Kosovo independence is honourable. But, being in a democracy, Kostunica must offer the people a referendum with the question: ‘Do you accept the economic and political consequences of our isolation from our enemies? Do you accept our total dependence on Russia and a few other sympathetic countries? The price we pay will be harsh and if you are ready in the majority we’ll do it. The minority might leave Serbia for greener pastures. And if the majority refuses my proposal, then I resign.’
And further ahead, let the wheel of history be turned. Kostunica would save his honor even if he couldn’t do the same for his nation.Back to the index of the Vagabond