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?