Sunday, February 24, 2008

Opening Pandora's Box: Kosovo Today, Aztlan Tomorrow; Blowback May Place The Southwestern United States At Risk

On Sunday February 24th, 2008, the Deseret Morning News published a story about a number of Salt Lake area immigrants from Kosovo who celebrated Kosovo's "independence" at a local watering hole. They reported the celebrants' jubilation, which certainly contrasted with the reaction of Serbs in Belgrade, where Serbian outrage may be creating favorable conditions for the replacement of the current moderate Serbian government with a hard-line, anti-American successor.

The question is, should the rest of us join in that celebration? Russian President Vladimir Putin thinks not. Press TV reported that on Friday February 23rd, Putin called Kosovo's declaration of independence a 'terrible precedent' which will destroy the system of international relations and will come back to hit the West in the face. "They have not thought through the results of what they are doing. At the end of the day it is a two-ended stick and the second end will come back and hit them in the face," Putin stated.

Earlier on Friday, Russia's Ambassador to NATO Dmitry Rogozin even warned that Moscow could resort to military force if the European Union works out a common position, or if NATO breaches its mandate in Kosovo. Russia and China are the two leading nations which rejected the unilateral declaration of independence by Kosovo which came on Sunday February 17th.

It is useful to recollect how this all came about in the first place. As this article on reminds us, Kosovo was essentially bombed into existence during NATO's 78-day carpet-bombing of Serbia and Kosovo in 1999. The excuse was that there was supposedly massive "ethnic cleansing" taking place. Washington initiated a wild propaganda campaign claiming that Serbia was carrying out a campaign of massive genocide against the Albanian majority in Kosovo. The Western media was full of stories of mass graves and brutal rapes. U.S. officials claimed that from 100,000 up to 500,000 Albanians had been massacred.

In 78 days the Pentagon dropped 35,000 cluster bombs, used thousands of rounds of radioactive depleted-uranium rounds, along with bunker busters and cruise missiles. The bombing destroyed more than 480 schools, 33 hospitals, numerous health clinics, 60 bridges, along with industrial, chemical and heating plants, and the electrical grid. Kosovo, the region that Washington was supposedly determined to liberate, received the greatest destruction.

At the end of hostilities, NATO forensic teams, expecting to find bodies everywhere, searched occupied Kosovo all summer of 1999 but found a total of only 2,108 bodies, of all nationalities. Some had been killed by NATO bombing and some in the war between the UCK and the Serbian police and military. They found not one mass grave and could produce no evidence of massacres or of "genocide." Maybe the Washington propagandists were using some of the old-time Holocaust math which has permitted Israel to extort reparations from Germany for 60 years now.

Now, back to the effects of the Kosovo declaration of independence. In an article published on February 20th, the Global Research think tank even went so far as to refer to Kosovo's "independence" as an "illegal precedent, paving the way for the dismantlement of other nation-states". They also believe a Pandora’s Box has been opened, and opine that there are profound implications in regards to this event. Specifically, it appears that the law of the jungle and the concept that “might is right” have been unveiled as the true ideals of E.U. and American foreign policy.

Global Research claims that the global ramifications of E.U.-U.S. interventionism and open disregard for fundamental international laws are significant. Nations combating secessionist movements worldwide have voiced disapproval of the Kosovar declaration of independence, while expressing apprehension in regards to the enthusiastic support shown by American, German, British, and French officials.

China has voiced disapproval out of fears that Taiwan (Chinese Taipei) may declare independence under the precedent set by Kosovo. Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Spain, Georgia, the Republic of Azerbaijan, and Russia have all voiced opposition because of their own secessionist movements such as the Tamil Tigers and the Basque separatist group ETA.

But evne though Russia fully acknowledges the fact that the Kosovo precedent is internationally illegal, Moscow has nonetheless used the Kosovo precedent against Georgia. Moscow’s objective is to strengthen its control in the geo-strategically important Caucasus region. As a result, Georgia has opposed the push by Kosovar Albanians for independence because of secessionist movements in Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Adjara. While Adjaran separatism has declined, Abkhazia and South Ossetia have standing armies with close ties to Moscow and are virtually independent. Russia is arguing that if the U.S. and E.U. recognize the independence of Kosovo, then the independence of Abkhazia and South Oesstia must also be recognized based on the same principle.

The Kosovar declaration of independence also has ramifications for Trans-Dniester (also known as Transnistria or Transdniestria), a tiny breakaway Russian-majority portion of Moldava bordering Ukraine.

The effects of Kosovar independence have also been watched carefully by the leaders of Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan, because of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict. In the cases of Trans-Dniester, Nagorno-Krabakh, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia, all four breakaway republics believe they have far stronger cases for lobbying for official recognition by the Commonwealth of Independent States (C.I.S.), Russia, and the United Nations.

However, there is one other area that could be vulnerable; the Southwestern United States. While the Aztlan movement is mainly political and has not reach the secessionist level of the other independence movements, it is real nonetheless. National Council of La Raza (NCLR) President Janet Murguia openly laughed in Lou Dobbs' face when he asked her about it during a recent interview, but the following YouTube video demonstrates just how real and virulent the Aztlan movement is becoming.

More about the Aztlan movement can be found HERE.

The wind we've sowed in the Balkans may very well cause us to reap a whirlwind right here at home down the road. Supposing this Aztlan movement was to actually grow some legs. With the three leading presidential candidates John McCain, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama all favoring open borders, this becomes a very real possibility. Supposing this Aztlan movement was to reach sufficient political strength to declare a part of the Southwest "independent"? What incentive would Serbia have not to grant it immediate diplomatic recognition? And why would Russia or China oppose it? After all, we set the precedent by helping to forcibly amputate Kosovo from Serbia.

Similar concerns are expressed on the Council of Conservative Citizens website and at the Vanguard News Network.

The road to hell is indeed paved with good intentions.

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