In listening to the Republicans, who have chosen to back President Clinton’s decisions regarding Kosovo, there seems to be an overwhelming support for the right of a district of the Former Republic of Yugoslavia to secede from its parent nation. They argue that their support comes, solely, from that right to create a new nation if you are disenfranchised by the parent nation.
One hundred thirty years ago, there was a conflict on our shores, judging whether that right existed. The Congress of the United States, in action without quorum, decided that member states (with much greater autonomy than Kosovo) could not secede. Brother against brother, and millions of lives lost or destroyed, and the message was left, indelibly, in our history.
These Republican say that the Albanians have a "right’ to secede. Perhaps they do. But, who has the right to protect their right to secede? In our history, the right to secede came only from might. The obvious conclusion is that only the Albanians have the right to direct their might to secede – or fail.
These Republicans also seem to fail to recognize that under the Parent State, there are limitations imposed. It would seem that if our nation, and its member states, are bound by a set of laws, that it would be ludicrous to assume that our government could apply a different standard than our law allows – when opposing another country’s right to maintain its borders, and its people. Yet, our Constitution only allows a portion of one state to separate from its parent WITH the consent of the parent state’s legislature.
Who are these legislators that refuse to abide by our very own laws while attempting to direct the course and future of other nations? They are unGodly, unprincipled and a blemish upon the concept of self-government. They are an enemy unto themselves. And, they are the same enemy that consistently disregards Our Constitution as it applies to US, and disregard its principles while asserting their dominion over the world.