This mess gets hot when the former Yugoslavia starts to crumble and implode

This mess gets hot when the former yugoslavia starts

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This mess gets hot when the former Yugoslavia starts to crumble and implode back in the early 1990’s Yugoslavia turned into 6 sovereign states of which Serbia is kind of the core of what’s left of Yugoslavia It was the ethnic Serbs which may have been enacting acts of genocide in Bosnia which got the US and NATO involved in that mess in 1995 o Then the US and NATO got involved in Serbia directly in 1999 when Slobodan Milosevic, former Serbian President, was conducting genocide against the Kosovar Albanians which were inside of Serbia US and NATO went in to bomb Serbia to convince them to stop the genocide They then took over Kosovo The UN came in and administered the whole providence of Kosovo for a decade They claimed they were there to protect the ethnic minority and stabilize the situation Serbia was furious that they were trying to rip away a part of their territory to make an independent state As a Serbian ally, the Russians were even more furious The UN, US, and NATO told them that they weren’t trying to make a new state and that they were simply protecting this ethnic minority until things calmed down for the next decade o When the decade of the UN, US, and NATO protecting Kosovo was up in 2008, NATO and the UN wondered what the Kosovo Albanians were going to do They then declared Independence in 2008 The US, UK, France, Germany, etc. recognized them (69 countries in total) They Serbs and Russians were furious; NATO and the UN tried to say they didn’t lie too much, they just wanted to protect them
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and they did the whole independence thing on themselves (and then they instantaneously recognized them) o This radically changed the equation and still is in today’s world Because all of those countries recognized and set a precedent But certain countries didn’t dig this Serbia and Russia didn’t; Russia is on the Security Council and can stop them from being a real sovereign state China is the #1 fan of sovereignty (because they don’t want anyone messing with their sovereignty) and hated the precedent that was being set by Kosovo becoming independent like that (they didn’t want the Tibetans getting the same idea) Spain in particular did not recognize Kosovo  this is because of the Basque issue they have within their own country o These sovereignty tensions got even higher in the same year when the Russian/Georgian war broke out This was when Georgia, a sovereign state that pulled away from the soviet union back in 1991, also had some small ethnic minorities in little territories who didn’t want to be a part of Georgia The Abkhazian’s of Abkhazia and the Ossetians in Southern Ossetia These groups petitioned to be independent themselves once Georgia became independent They hated Georgia so much that they invited Russians in as peacekeepers Suddenly, in August of 2008, somebody threw a rock or filed a rifle at a Russian military man in Ossetia and all hell broke lose
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  • Fall '08
  • JDBOYER
  • Right-wing politics, Sovereign state, Left-wing politics, Political spectrum

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