Just for a bit of a break from the budget(s), eh?
Proceedings are underway at the the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to make a deliberation on the legal status of Kosovos unilateral declaration of independence. By the middle of 2010 the court will announce its decision on whether or not Kosovo is in fact a sovereign state. (1)
Although the decision is in fact already a fait accompli Kosovo will be given some kind of sub-sovereign status that will be passed off of sovereignty it is still worth looking at the backdrop to this debacle and its roots in liberal-inspired humanitarian intervention.
Humanitarian intervention is one of the most disingenuous geopolitical concepts ever devised. The basic idea is that countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom and, increasingly, the European Union acting as a single entity, have not only a right, but a responsibility to prosecute murderous wars on sovereign states in the name of the citizens of those states. In this bizarre topsy-turvy world the West is not an aggressor but a liberator. With support not only from typical militarists but also well-meaning liberals, civil wars, often bloody and nasty but ultimately none of our business, become international conflicts because of demands that Something Must Be Done.