Monday, June 18, 2007

Time for American policy change in the Balkans

By M. Bozinovich

It is said that General Patton told his demoralized troops in WWII that to be an American it means to be a winner.

"America loves winners," Patton was attributed in saying to his troops who took his words to their patriotic hearts and won the war.

Like liberty, being a winner is the quintessential American spirit, dear and beloved, and being in company of winners, those that aspire to be victorious and free, is the predisposition of the American spirit.
In the Balkans, however, American allies are not winners but economically weak Islamic statelets, dependent on Western financial subsidies, predisposed to harboring Islamic terror and uninterested in economic growth. Their policies in the region are viewed with suspicion by their neighbors, their populace is embracing Islamic radicalism while more then half of their economy is based on criminal and otherwise questionable activity.

Bosnia and Albania, American allies in the Balkans, are all stagnant economies with an Islamic populace increasingly receptive of radical Islam.

With State Department's recent endorsement of Kosovo's independence, another future Islamic state in Europe that will depend on Western financial subsidies, America has clearly signaled to the region that progress of democracy and economic growth, particularly that of Serbia, is irrelevant and that Washington stands ready to break up democracies and demoralize the spirit of those seeking rule of law in order to pander to the Middle Eastern Islamic dictatorships who want to see another Muslim state in Europe.

In spite of Washington's tendency to acquire wrong allies in the Balkans, it is not too late for America to change its course there and to turn the possibility of a complete squander into a permanent gain.

Now, as we are entering the last leg in the Kosovo status negotiations, the decisive time for America has come when it can permanently change course in the Balkans and stand behind those states in the region that have already endorsed American values and will, in the long run, promote the American spirit of liberty and rule of law.

By preventing an independent Kosovo, America can once and for all put an end to the long and bloody cycle of negative policy reinforcement in the region, gain an ally in Serbia that is an economically growing Western-style democracy, and signal the region that America stands behind those who work to expand liberty, law and capitalism.

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