NYTtimes: Serbia’s Choice

三月 12, 2008

nucifera: 马来西亚人民在三月八日用了自己手上的一票决定了自己的未来,台湾也即将迎接他们的总统大选。nucifera深切希望,塞尔维亚的人民也能理智地运用自己手上的一票,把自己的国家,和别人的国家推离战争堆中,成全了自己的未来也去成全科索沃的未来。



Published: March 12, 2008

Kosovo made a historic choice for independence last month. Serbia will soon have a chance to make its own historic choice — either for a better future as part of the European Union or for isolation, stagnation and decline.

It is no surprise that Kosovo’s declaration has led to the breakdown of Serbia’s coalition government and a call for new elections. Kosovo has been a symbol of Serbian nationalism since the 14th century. Every significant political party in Serbia vowed to prevent Kosovo’s independence, though they proved powerless to stop it.

Those parties now have different ideas about how to proceed. The Democratic Party of President Boris Tadic offers the most sensible policy. It favors moving quickly to qualify Serbia for membership in the European Union. That is an economic necessity. It also makes strategic and diplomatic sense. Serbia weakened its hand by allying with Russia against the European Union and refusing to negotiate in good faith over Kosovo independence.

Serbia’s voters endorsed Mr. Tadic’s approach in January when they re-elected him president. His margin was narrow, and the anger that followed Kosovo’s declaration may have strengthened ultranationalists who favor freezing relations with the European Union, so long as it supports Kosovo independence.

A clear victory for Mr. Tadic’s party would be best for Serbia, Europe and the United States. Washington and Brussels can help, not through a smothering embrace of Mr. Tadic, but through concrete steps to reassure and protect Kosovo’s ethnic Serb minority.

Before declaring independence, Kosovo’s predominantly ethnic Albanian government accepted a Western-backed plan for supervision of its new institutions. The NATO contingent that will remain in Kosovo and the European Union police and justice supervisory teams that have begun arriving need to ensure that Kosovo’s Serbs are shielded against violence and discrimination and that their food and energy supplies are secure.

The Bush administration, which has unequaled influence with the new Kosovo government, must insist that it continually demonstrate its desire for reconciliation with the Serb minority and with Belgrade.

Yugoslavia’s murderous implosion began almost two decades ago with Slobodan Milosevic’s manipulation of Serbian nationalist passions over Kosovo. How fitting if that era could end this spring with a resounding vote for pragmatism and progress by Serbia’s people.


One Response to “NYTtimes: Serbia’s Choice”

  1. Mr. R Says:

    Actually, Kosovo chose independence in 1990 and was recognised by Albania. What changed is that Western powers sponser this new abomination with a flag more derived from the EU’s so-called culture than anything that comes from Kosovo.

    Nicolas Sarkozy said the other day the truth that the Radicals have been saying all along but of course Tadic and his crew have successfully convinced people otherwise; that is, as long as Serbia considers Kosovo part of its territory, never will Serbia join the EU.

    Serbia must never recognise this abomination, never. They have yielded too often on too many important matters. Now they must tell them enough is enough. No more shifting goalposts. Serbia needs a government that will strongly stand up for Serbia and not one devoted to making sacrifices in a vain hope that its enemies will have mercy on it and let it a space in its club.


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