When the West recognized Kosovo as an independent country earlier this year, I was against it. To me, this was just like opening Pandora’s Box. The West ignored protests from Russia and other countries and recognized Kosovo anyway.
President George W. Bush has now discovered the meaning of ‘what goes around comes around’. Russia now is going to recognized Georgia's breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent countries. Something the White House is desperate to stop.
I’m against the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia because their case is exactly like Kosovo’s; we can’t just allow every ethnic group in the world to declare independence. The world is messy enough as it is.
The unfortunate thing is…America can’t stop Russia! How can they? America was upfront and centre earlier this year pushing for the independence of Kosovo, so how can they now stop Abkhazia and South Ossetia without looking like total hypocrites.
I hope they succeed in stopping the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, but the U.S is the wrong country to lead the charge. They need someone like Spain, which also opposed Kosovo’s independence, to lead the charge. The U.S need to take a backseat on this and let other countries take the lead.