The Excitement of Insulting Serbia

United States Secretary of State Hilary Clinton visited Serbia in October and told urged Serbia to come to terms with the independence of Kosovo, its ethnic-Albanian former province.
What if Nicolas Maduro Moros, the foreign minister of Venezuela visited the United States in October and told urged the US to come to terms with the state of Illinois, which declared its independence in January?

The status of Kosovo dominated Clinton’s talks in Serbia, where President Boris Tadic again said his government will never recognize its former province as an independent state.
What if the status of Illinois dominated the Venezuelan foreign minister’s talks in the United States, where President Barack Obama again said his government will never recognize Illinois  as an independent state?

At a media event with Mr. Tadic, Clinton said the United Nations appeal for a dialogue on Kosovo provides a basis for a “meaningful forward-looking dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, the capital of Kosovo.
What if, at a media event with Mr. Obama, the diplomat from Venezuela said the United Nations measure provides a basis for a “meaningful dialogue” between Washington and Chicago, the capital of Illinois?

Clinton praised the Tadic government for its commitment to human rights and its pledge – renewed by the Serbian President at Tuesday’s media appearance – to bring to justice remaining Balkans war crimes fugitives, including former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic.
What if Maduro Moros praised the Obama government for its commitment to human rights and its pledge – renewed by the American President at Tuesday’s media appearance – to bring to justice remaining American war crimes fugitives, including former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney?

Later in the day, Hillary Clinton visited the Bill Clinton Statue in Kosovo.
What if, later, in the day, the foreign minister of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro Moros visited the Hugo Chavez statue in Chicago?

It must have been very exciting for Ms. Clinton, insulting the dignity and sovereignty of the Serbian people just because she could. On the other hand, we people of the United States don’t take  kindly to anyone insulting our dignity and sovereignty.

What if, as Kurt Vonnegut fantasized, the United States was Balkanized, just like the Balkans?  What if it had been “divided into 20 petty nations, so that it would never again be a threat to world peace,” so that it could never again call other nations a threat to world peace and never again drop bombs and rockets and depleted cancer-causing uranium on their people if they refused to listen to reason?


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In my youth I was a world class tournament golfer. I earned an MA in history at NYU, after which I knew I had had enough of academia. I have remained a student of history. I have a strongly personal - almost entirely negative- take on the contemporary pharmaceutical and mental health industries. That was the impetus for my Bluepolar blog, which will also include stuff on sports, history and anything else that strikes my interest.
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4 Responses to The Excitement of Insulting Serbia

  1. Anna says:

    Hi, Judy.

    You expressed it really well, the way Serbs have looked at the West’s interference in Yugoslavia and now their micromanging of Serbia. We used to bring up a “what if” about Mexico because that’s not such a fantastic thought — what if Mexico decides to (re)attach southern California, parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas and the people in those areas, by then dominated by illegal Mexican immigrants, WANT to be part of Mexico? Would the U.S. just say, “oh, fine!?” Well, we’d better say “fine” after the way we’ve lorded it over Serbia about Kosovo.

    I would point out that on some kind of moral scale or other, Mexico might actually believe to have a legitimate claim on part of the U.S., having once upon a time lost it to the Americans. But that is not the case with the Albanians and Kosovo which they have taken by outright theft from Serbia with the help of America’s big guns. Furthermore, the soul and heart of America’s culture is not centered in those southwestern states, whereas Kosovo is where the Serbs became who they are – the potentially overused phrase “cradle of their civilization” is not inappropriate. Every Serb is inexorably linked to Kosovo, regardless of whether he has ever set foot there.

    People like the Clintons, both of them, and Madeleine Albright and all the rest are mere careerists, pulling themselves up the ladders of their careers by their talons while destroying anything in the way of that climb. They claim humanitarianism but they don’t have a humanitarian bone in their bodies, least of all in the Balkans where they don’t even have so much as an interest in learning how history has unfolded there. The heavy-handed manipulation of the Balkans by America will come back to bite us, and deservedly so.


  2. Nikole says:

    This is brilliant. If Americans (anybody for that matter) would only practice this, finding parallels, more often we wouldn’t be intervening so easily. Take the word “nationalist” — Serbians are not supposed to be nationalist — but “patriot” is OK for an American.

    In former Communist countries people read the papers, always between the lines. They knew they would have to figure it out for themselves.


    • It does not come naturally to Americans to read between the lines. I’m still figuring out how to figure things out for myself. It has something to do with squeezing the slave out of yourself.


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