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To: wideawake

“The two million ethnic Albanian Kosovars wanted to leave Serbia and were energized to do so by the departure of Slovenia and Croatia and Macedonia and Bosnia and Montenegro - and figured that if Montenegro, which is basically ethnically Serb and one-third their population, could leave Serbia they certainly could.”

The difference was that under the old Yugoslav Constitution, republics had the right to leave, at least on paper, while autonomous provinces (which Kosovo was) didn’t.

“Anyone who thinks that 65,000 South Ossetians - maybe 1.25% of Georgia’s population - realistically wanted to make a go of it as a separate nation is smoking crack.”

True, but then again Putin may not want a independent South Ossetia,but rather seeks to attach it to North Ossetia.


27 posted on 08/28/2008 3:12:29 PM PDT by Jacob Kell (Putin sucks.)
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To: Jacob Kell
The difference was that under the old Yugoslav Constitution, republics had the right to leave, at least on paper, while autonomous provinces (which Kosovo was) didn’t.

Exposing the deep constitutional difficulties that inhere in Serbia - Serbia essentially claims to simultaneously be the legal successor of the old Kingdom, and the old Republic and the Communist Republic, when it is actually none of these three things but something new.

What is the constitutional status of the Republika Srpska - which has no status or authorization of any kind under the Yugoslav Constitution of any era?

Serbs rewrite the rules in their favor and then become enraged when other ethnic groups emulate them.

True, but then again Putin may not want a independent South Ossetia,but rather seeks to attach it to North Ossetia.

Of course he does. There is no actual South Ossetian independence movement - that's a Russian fiction.

34 posted on 08/28/2008 7:21:59 PM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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