Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Kosovo and Kurdistan

The global community enthusiastically supported the separation of Muslim-dominated Kosovo from Serbia and its establishment as an independent state.  On December 12, 2010, Kosovo held its first general election since independence, which went relatively smooth.  One surprise was considerable support for a party that wants to unify with Muslim Albania.

Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani recently called for self-determination.  Sunni and Shia leaders, along with the United States, oppose the breakup of Iraq into several nations, each for their own reasons.  A case can be made for self-determination or a unified Iraq.

Why support for the one but not for the other?

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