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You search in vain if you search for consistency in international relations, about the only consistency you will find is the consistency of power in search of its own advantage.  The EU is a brave attempt to put some boundaries around that dynamic, and hopefully all the former Yugoslav Republics and Kosovo will end up in closer alignment as part of the EU.  (Then they can start voting for each other on the lines of the Eurovision Song Contest!).  

The reality of inter-ethnic marriage, multi-ethnic communities, and the requirements for non-ethnic economic activities and public administration means that it is impossible to draw clear national boundaries on ethnic lines and to do so is either a historic hangover or a modern artefact to overcome seemingly intractable political problems.

Sbrenica was profoundly shocking because that was precisely the sort of thing that the EU was supposed to prevent and here was the EU powerless in what was almost its own back yard.  Whether the US got involved because it saw Serbia as a Russian ally or for genuine humanitarian reasons I do not know.  What I do know is that there are no good solutions when inter-ethnic tensions become inflamed to such a degree.

In fact the EU is about the best solution that we have got.  Hopefully it will be similarly successful in the former Yugoslavia in due course.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Mar 9th, 2009 at 06:08:28 PM EST

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