Debate:Does Kosovo deserve its own independence?
Recently, Kosovo has declared its own independence to the world, and the world has responded. Serbs protested in response to developments in Kosovo, and there is a fear that violence may erupt again between Serbian and Yugoslav forces and those supporting Kosovo's independence (including NATO). In your opinion, does Kosovo deserve its own independence? Why or why not? --e|m|c [TALK] 12:33, 23 February 2008 (EST)
First of all, there is no such thing as "Serbian and Yugoslav forces" - Yugoslavia has not existed as a national or political entity for several years. Secondly, I find the way in which the question at the heart of this debate is framed - whether or not Kosovo/Kosova (the difference is crucial to understanding what's going on) - is kind of presumptuous. Who the hell are we in the English-speaking world to decide who does and does not "deserve" anything, much less political sovereignty? The Kosovars have declared their independence; the Serbs are not thrilled about this. Ultimately, it is going to be up to them to work it out. The best that the international community can do is to try to assist them in doing so peacefully; but we don't, and shouldn't have a say as to who deserves what. Bear in mind that the roots of the issue stretch back to 1389 and involve centuries of political and religious history, and it is really difficult to engage with the subtleties involved if one cannot read/speak the languages involved. PFoster 12:56, 23 February 2008 (EST)
My 2 Cents
Kosovo has a high amount of ethnic Albanians. Serbia is Serbian for Land of the Serbs, not Land of the Serbs and Albanians. The nation has a majority of Serbs, of course, and you see, not all nations want to work together. The United States and Russia are the only two major multi-ethnic nations besides China. The US has no major problem because different types of people are spread about like a pizza. Instead of having pepperoni in one part, cheese in the other, and sausage in another area, it's all spread around, except for some higher concentrations here or there.
Kosovo is almost all Albanian. Also, honestly, if two people don't want to work together, why should they? Kosovo has a right to it's independence simply because it is not Serbian really. FallenMorgan 02:21, 1 March 2008 (EST)
And Sayeth I:
I think Kosovo deserves it. To think that one country should have control of a people living in one area is like saying America didn't deserve independence. Nationalism is a dangerous force, but it still doesn't matter what country or people it is. The All-Mighty V — Unsigned, by: VCS777 / talk / contribs