The Western Balkans

These days the Balkans are not in the news as they once were….for back in the days of Pres, Clinton there were several wars raging in the region and of course the US was ass deep in the action.

These wars came about after the fall of Yugoslavia and it breaks into separate nations……but why all the hostilities?

 

If you are a bit too young to remember those days…I have a short video that may help……

And because of these “hatreds” war broke out all among the nations that use to be known as Yugoslavia….

Now that I have refreshed everyone’s memory I will continue with why I bring all this up….

Why has America overlooked the geopolitical opportunities made possible by forging a stronger relationship with the Western Balkans?

In part, America’s renewed interest reflects a wish that Balkans wars remain a thing of the past. Equally important, the United States hopes the Balkans’ future will be as a net contributor to peace and prosperity in the transatlantic community.

Complaints that the United States is disengaging from Europe and indifferent to the fate of the region are just plain wrong headed. On the other hand, Washington could do much more than wishful thinking to transform the Western Balkans from backwater to a bedrock of progress.

The United States should be leading to redefine “balkanization.” Instead of representing fragmentation and division, the region ought to stand as example of integration and affluence.

https://nationalinterest.org/feature/how-build-better-balkans-27847

Our Dear Leader is the “Art of the Deal” president…..and because of his thrills of deals is harming the relations in the Balkans….

European officials are concerned the Trump administration’s hands-off approach to diplomacy could risk destabilizing a tinderbox region in Southeast Europe.

Europe’s major capitals — and until recently, Washington — have long opposed any proposal that toys with borders in the Western Balkans, fearing that such moves would disrupt the region’s delicate balance. But, under President Donald Trump, the US appears to have adopted a more ambivalent approach.

Europeans’ latest fears for the region center on Kosovo — which in 2008 unilaterally declared independence from Serbia — and the growing prospect of an agreement to redraw the border between the two countries.

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/albertonardelli/serbia-kosovo-trump

I feel that all this “deal crap” shows the world that a business man may not be the best person to run a country….a company is not a country….maybe now the GOP will shut the Hell up about a successful businessman as a candidate.

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4 thoughts on “The Western Balkans

  1. Former Yugoslavia is often in the news here. Mainly over possible EU memberships, sometimes for Turkish support of Muslim interests there, and the war crimes trials that are still ongoing. In the middle of all that, some of the countries are trying to rekindle their tourist industry, and Croatia is once again a popular holiday destination for British people.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Below the boiling point is still those “hatreds” that fueled the wars of the 90’s…..some of the problems are “outta sight, outta mind”….chuq

  2. You complain about the US being involved in too many country’s’ business and now you want the US to get into the Balkans again – what’s up?

    1. I gave that study as an FYI……personally I would prefer all our troops on US soil…not gonna happen so we should be aware of what is being said and done in our name…..chuq

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