Monday, December 22, 2008

Serbia Kosovo Independence, a brief overview

The region of Eastern Europe is known as The Balkans consisting of about 13 ethnic groups. The people in this region identify themselves primarily by their ethnic identity rather than the nation of their habitation. Over the centuries the national borders in this region have been fluid while their ethnic heritage the only constant. Whereas in the United States (USA) once were taught of America as a melting pot. Where may ethnic groups migrated and melting into one American culture. Have during the past 30 years the liberals in America have been attempting to Balkanize the United States of America by pushing something called Diversity. That is where one is taught their ethnic heritage is paramount to their American citizenship. Once again proving liberalism is a mental disorder.

The nation of Yugoslavia under Communist leader Tito was part of the Evil Empire, behind the Iron Curtain dominated by the Soviet Union, USSR (Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics). When the Evil Empire collapsed in the early 1990s, Yugoslavia broke up into Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia.

Serbia consists of Serbian Christians, while the southern region of Serbia known as Kosovo is predominately inhabited by Albanian Muslims. Recently Kosovo declared their independence from Serbia. This caused the extreme anger on the part of the Serbians.

One would think since the two are ethnically diverse and have nothing but ill feelings towards one another, this declaration of independence would have been welcomed by both parties. Wrong!

Back in 1389 when Kosovo was part of Serbia a battle was fought against the Ottoman Empire, the Turks. The battle field was in Kosovo (Kosovo Field) where the Serbs were defeated by the Ottomans thus making Serbia a vassal state in the Empire. This battle ground is the site where Serbs lost their independence as such the ground is scared hallow ground to Serbs. Much like the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan (9/11 attack), Gettysburg (American Civil War), Yorktown (last major battle of the American Revolution), and Pearl Harbor (the attack on the American fleet on December 7th, 1941) are scared sights to Americans.

Because of the emotion attached to this battlefield in Kosovo, the Serbs do not want their battlefield to be part of another nation, thus the reason for the conflict and emotion associated with Kosovo independence.

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