Helen on eureferendum2 does not think much of the reaction on the blogosphere to Kosovan independence, saying it is worse than that of the MSM. She may well be right, but at least bloggers commented that Russia at one point threatened military action to achieve a little respect for its position of defending UN Resolution 1244. Th BBC has yet to mention the fact on its website, and presumably that means on its news bulletins too.
I find it surprising in her analysis that she doesn’t emphasise the penetration of Kosovo by Islamic extremists, and the future danger this holds for Europe and the US. Serbia has committed appalling war crimes, but Serbs have also been the victims too. It can be hard to apportion blame onto nations for how they behave in war. Surely more relevant to the future is to what extent a nation will support or not support the long-term critical threat to the West posed by Islamic extremism. Serbia is going to make a far better ally in that regard as will Russia and China, the two countries Helen also likes to allude to as morally inferior in her piece, than Kosovo.
After WW2 the Americans quickly allowed Germany to move away from her evil past, as German stability was needed to provide a bulwark against the Soviet threat. Serbia too could be a useful ally to the West, if the war on terror descends to another level, which unfortunately it almost must.
Helen is guilty, I believe of allowing moral sentiment about human rights to decide where her geopolitical loyalties lie, rather than the West’s future self interest and survival. The requirements of survival when faced with a deadly enemy can often be to form alliances with less than desirable regimes. China and Russia may be abusers of human rights and they are, but they don’t represent a direct threat to the West at this stage, and they are equally concerned that the Islamists don’t destroy their societies. Maybe the West has something to learn from them, about facing down enemies, and choosing alliances not for their political correctness, but for their effectiveness.
The EU and the US are in danger of becoming hopelessly idealistic in a world where power does not necessarily oblige such sentiments. Fighting terror requires realpolitik, not political correctness.
That said, in my post Serbian Wins The World’s Sympathy I list out the countries expressing sympathy and support for Serbia, (apart from Russia and China), which have not been reported in the MSM. India. Canada. Philippines. Indonesia. Sri Lanka. And those who advise caution before backing Kosovan independence. Japan. Korea – and many others.
The MSM have particularly failed to give an accurate picture within Europe where Holland has been extremely cautious advising that there is no need to rush the decision. This also has barely been mentioned. And the countries that are against recognising Kosovo such as Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Romania are rarely mentioned as a full list.
If my commentary on geopolitical affairs is not considered to be of the highest standard available, I would be the first to admit that I work from a different perspective to many, and form my own views based on little depth of knowledge or experience, other than doing business in Russia and Central Europe and having exposure to these and other parts of the world through trade links.
Using sources other than MSM reveals information that is not being disseminated by the primary channels, and this also enables a different pattern to be formed. Only by googling ‘India Kosovo’ did I find out that India is not supporting Kosovan independence, for example and for most of the others that I found, it was by the same method.
My business knowledge is maybe of a higher standard than my geopolitical, and in that regard, I should award myself a pat on the back for recommending folks to buy gold in December at GBP 412 an ounce. The return is approaching 20% in two months, I said the price would surge to GBP 500 in the new year and I was spot on. I guess I can’t be wrong about everything!
Helen says that the international structures such as the UN and the EU could be due for a change. The ones we have were defined by the world as it emerged from WW2. I guess the new structures that form eventually will be defined by the threats the world faces now. I think that once the enemy declares itself a little more forcefully, and no doubt they will, the structures that will be needed to meet the threat will form spontaneously. Somehow I think the position of the Serbs and the Russians will suddenly achieve higher status, than many commentators, MSM or blog ascribe to them today.
Human rights objectives will still be important to humankind, but survival must inevitably have a higher priority.