I usually concentrate my international post on the region that I know a bit about, the Middle East…..sometimes at the expense of other regions that are having as much problems as others.
I try to keep up with the region of Europe known as the Balkans…mainly because I have a loyal visitor that hails from this region and I hope to get her input in my posts…especially if I have mis-read something that I post about.
I the last couple of days I have run across some interesting stirrings in the region….
First from the small country of Montenegro…….
Official Washington’s New Cold Warriors are painting NATO’s admission of tiny Montenegro in the stark black-and-white colors of a heroic stand against “Russian aggression” but that misses the real reasons why it’s a bad idea,
Any day now, Arizona Senator John McCain promises, the U.S. Senate will vote to approve the incorporation of Montenegro as the 29th member state in the NATO alliance. Though few Americans likely know where to find the tiny Balkan nation on a map, Montenegro has become another dubious focal point of the West’s new confrontation with Russia.
Next news from another small country in the region…..Macedonia
Together with our NATO allies and EU partners, the United States has been closely following the process of government formation in Macedonia triggered by the December 11, 2016 parliamentary elections.
The United States calls on Macedonia’s leaders to form a new government without further delay, in a manner consistent with the constitution and Macedonia’s aspirations to join the European Union and NATO. The formation of a new government committed to rule of law and implementing needed reforms will help end a political crisis that has severely hindered the country’s democratic and economic development and Euro-Atlantic integration.
The United States urges all parties to put the interest of Macedonia and its citizens above all else, to work together constructively, and to fully implement all of their commitments under the Przino agreement.
I know the US enjoys sticking our noses in others business….but this is silly….Macedonia should not be pressured on anything….it is like the US wants final approval of the government. I know what I would tell the US.
It is beginning to look like the Balkans has started rumbling over ethnic issues yet again and could become a major migraine for Trump and his lackeys…..
Now, the Balkans are once again dicing with crisis. Borders are being questioned, ethnic tensions are bubbling up, and land swaps are being mooted as a last resort to prevent a slide back towards violence. Forget China and the Middle East: the former Yugoslavia could yet emerge as Trump’s first real foreign policy headache.
Last month, a row over a Serbian train covered in the slogan “Kosovo is Serbia” in multiple languages sent towards Mitrovica precipitated the worst crisis for years in the region. Most of Kosovo is dominated by ethnic Albanians, who make up 90% of the population.
I try to do a round-up for many regions for the US is entering into a new era….a more dangerous era.