On Sunday millions of ethnic Albanians declared February 17 a chillier, less bbq-friendly version of the Fourth of July as the disputed province of Kosovo announced its independence from Serbia. Kosovo, which has been described as "war-torn" since, oh, the Ottoman Empire or thereabouts, celebrated its admission to the wonderful world of independent democracy with beer, cake, a chic yellow-starred flag and the eloquent news headline "Fuck U." (Freedom of the press! Aww, they're learning already.)
Of course Serbia and Russia had to be downers, telling the United Nations to get in there and de-independentify things asap. But President Bush led the rest of the world in congratulating the new nation, writing an official letter of recognition to President Fatmir Sejdiu…
In your request to establish diplomatic relations with the United States, you expressed Kosovo's desire to attain the highest standards of democracy and freedom. I fully welcome this sentiment. In particular, I support your embrace of multi-ethnicity as a principle of good governance and your commitment to developing accountable institutions in which all citizens are equal under the law.
So have fun with that, Kosovars. If you need us, we'll just be over here building fences along our borders and making sure the gays don't get married.
Tags: Indecision Internationale, Kosovo, Serbia