I’m Mad… Lets Steal Stuff…
So, it’s been five days since Kosovo declared independence from Serbia… and the Serbs seem to be relatively ticked off. I’m not sure why, but the remainder of Serbia is tearing itself apart because Kosovo declared independence. The above link gets you the latest according to Yahoo news… though since Microsoft is trying to buy Yahoo, there’s no guarantee that some nutjob hasn’t hit Yahoo with a virus either.
In the above story, I can understand protestors attempting to torch and destroy embassies of countries that have recognized Kosovo’s independence… it doesn’t make it right, but I understand that. What I don’t get is why the “protestors” then saw fit to start ransacking various shops in Belgrade. It would seem that some are using the opportunity of being upset to get that pair of “Air Jordans” they always wanted. It makes absolutely no sense… “I’m angry part of our country declared independence… I’m going to steal some running shoes… from a shop owned by another Serb… even though running shoes have nothing to do with politics.” Please.
Political freedom and liberty are intensly American ideals. The declaration of independence (though not actually any kind of law) declares that the founding fathers believed that all people have the right to liberty. This is the mindset into which our own nation was born, our Constitution was written, and our government formed. It is due to this prevailing mindset that we must support Kosovo’s independence. If we are truly interested in exporting democracy and feedom to the world, it behooves us to support those who attempt to peacefully seperate themselves from an oppressive master.
At this point, I think the question to be asked should not be if we are to support that Kosovo’s independence… but rather what we should call them. Kosovotians? Kosovonians? Kosovites? Maybe that one is better left to the diplotmats.