GarryB wrote:What I don't understand is that if Albanians in Kosovo have the right to an independent country free from oppression by evil Serbs then why don't the Serb minority in Kosovo deserve independence from Albanian Kosovo... and for that matter why don't Serbian minorities in all the former Yug states deserve independent states too.
What makes Kosovo Albanians so special?
Ok necroposting here, but.
1. Let's not exagerate. For both sides Serbian enclave is a sensitive problem. Kosovars and Serbians are going full inat mode. There's nothing coherent about it.
2. That because it is a violent break up dressed up as humanitarian intervention. There have been many analysis over this and the current legal opinion is that the walk up to the actual declaration of independence was illegal. The declaration of independence proper was a kind of asexual. Not illegal, but not coherent with all previous and subsequent such decisions. Especially the condemnation from the International community of the Ossetian and Abkhaz secession.
3. The minority issue is clearly adressed by the EU. Coherent ethnic lines trump local or extensive separatist issues. The case that saw Europe back Spain over the Basque issue and UK over the Irish issue take precedent. Until it is politically handicapping. Like in Yugoslavia. A fortiori in Kosovo.
What makes Albanians special? Nothing, it's just opportunism. They like them and us when it comes to pissing off Serbia, but the reality is that they despise us and we're probably the most prejudiced when it comes to group related stigma. It has become a kind of badge of honor to be called, pimps, pushers, criminals, mafia, killers etc etc etc.