Serbia Overreacts

21 Feb

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Let us all pause and permit Serb nationalists to have their temper tantrum over the newly declared independent Kosovo.

This will all subside, and soon Serbia will realize that it’s better off hitching its wagon to the EU, rather than Putin. The battered Serbian economy will be better off for not subsidizing a province that is hostile to it, and the Kosovars will be better off permitted to chart their own course, and not one directed from Belgrade.

If the union of the South Slavs was an artificial construct that was doomed to failure, the incorporation of a non-Slavic province was even more so.

The 90s were replete with wars and murders based on medieval hatreds. This final explosion of anachronistic Serbian nationalism will run its course.

(The header image shows Serbian President Vojislav Kostunica as a fictional contestant on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”. The question is “Kosovo is…” Mr. Kostunica has selected “Serbia”, echoing the protesters’ calls of “Kosovo je Srbija”. The correct answer, flashing green, is “independent”)

9 Responses to “Serbia Overreacts”

  1. peter scott February 21, 2008 at 3:41 pm #

    Do you think this will subside quickly? I’m not positive.

    btw…how drunk were the negotiators at Versailles when they decided to screw up the world for at least a century?

  2. peter scott February 21, 2008 at 3:52 pm #

    Maybe Kostunica would have chosen “B” if it looked like this
    “?????????”

  3. peter scott February 21, 2008 at 3:53 pm #

    guess the cyrillic doesn’t fly to well here…

  4. Buffalopundit February 21, 2008 at 3:54 pm #

    Back during the wars of the 90s, I used to say that all the vast majority of Yugoslavs want is to be able to drive down to the sea on the weekend, stop off at Denny’s to have a burger, and watch some TV. Just like people everywhere else. Serbia wants this, too, and they know that hitching up with Putin to start yet another costly war – which would restore them to their former pariah status – would not be prudent.

    I’ll bet the Montenegrins are super-happy they divorced from FR Yugoslavia 2 years ago.

  5. Buffalopundit February 21, 2008 at 3:55 pm #

    HECABI/ICHO. That’s the best I can do. No backwards N on the keyboard.

  6. Terry February 21, 2008 at 4:04 pm #

    Unleash the armored divisions!

  7. Eric P. February 21, 2008 at 5:13 pm #

    Should’ve asked if he could buy a vowel before solving the puzzle.. oops, wrong game show.

  8. Buffalo Expat February 21, 2008 at 6:01 pm #

    It hasn’t so much been an issue here in Kyiv. Although I’m sure some who want to stick it to Russia were quite happy this happened.

    Looks like the subsiding will happen later rather than sooner, and at great risk to our fellow Americans abroad- http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/22/world/europe/22kosovo.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

  9. Jaquandor February 22, 2008 at 6:26 am #

    Here’s how to do Cyrillic on the Web.

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