August 15, 2005

What's the Exit Strategy, Part Duex

The other day I was wondering about exit strategies, and mentioned Kosovo. You remember Kosovo, that little war that Clinton got the US involved in for humanitarian reasons. A confilct that had absolutely zero effect on the security of the United States. We heard about all the human rights atrocities and genocide (which were well overblown), but, really had nothing to do with the US, so Bill handed our troops over to the UN for a "peacekeeping" mission. Weren't we only supposed to be there one year?

Meanwhile, Kosovo is still having issues, and, yup, you guessed it, they involve Muslims

International intervention to halt the persecution of Christians in Kosovo is a "complete failure," according to past and present diplomats who briefed Capitol Hill staff late last week. They pointed to the destruction of 150 churches and the simultaneous construction of 200 mosques.

Cybercast News Service obtained video of the burning and desecrating of the churches by ethnic Albanians, most of them Muslim.

The new mosques are funded by "Wahhabist nations," the diplomats said, raising the specter of radical Islam incubating on the doorstep of Europe in a province rife with illegal arms and narcotics trafficking.

The religious persecution also is part of a political strategy of violence, which -- if rewarded by granting independence to Kosovo -- could trigger similar violent secessionist movements throughout neighboring states and countries, they warned.

Unfolding events in Kosovo already have sent shock waves to as far away as China, which has now expressed concern to the U.S. over the possible copycat secession in its predominantly Muslim Xinjiang Province.

Obviously, we are involved in a quagmire in Kosovo. Why aren't we pulling our troops out of the UN run mission? We obviously cannot win. Kofi Annon has questions to answer. What's his exit strategy? Why has he allowed these religious desecrations to continue? When will we see Kosovo settle down? We have been there for 7 years, with little progress. The UN's presense is destabilizing the region, and even causing problems in China. It is time to rethink our presense in the UN led mission.

Just for reference, I supported the Kosovo mission, albeit without the UN running the show. The intelligence at the time, which was seriously flawed, reported mass genocide.

Furthermore, just to be clear, the paragraph beginning with "obviously" was pure sarcasm.

Posted by William Teach at August 15, 2005 09:20 AM | TrackBack

Thanks for the reminder, Teach.

Posted by: Nettie at August 15, 2005 04:34 PM

"Clinton lied, people died."

Has a familiar ring to it, doesn't it?

Posted by: Jeff H at August 16, 2005 09:23 AM

The libs tell us that almost no one died during Slicks's wars. Of course, it is hard when Clinton either pulled them out at the slightest problem, or lets the UN do that.

Posted by: William Teach at August 16, 2005 10:12 AM
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