27 August 2008

Perverted Politics

Something I read recently reinforced to me the idea that politics is crazy.

It has something to do with Russia recognizing Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and the reaction of the international community. Russia recently recognized these two entities as independent from Georgia, and that created a wave of non-recognition from the United States and the West.

If one thinks about Kosovo from a few months ago, it just seems that politics is so perverted, since really, it does not make any sense.

A few months ago, Kosovo declared independence, and Russia was one of the countries who opted not to recognize it. Russia's reason was that it would create a "terrible precedent" that "breaks up the entire system of international relations". But guess what? When the same thing happened to Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Russia spear-headed the way of recognizing the two breakaway provinces of Georgia. So much for caring for terrible precedents I suppose.

The same thing goes for the West and the United States. Kosovo declared themselves independent, and the West immediately recognized them, with most of the EU and the United States recognizing the new country. However, the West and the United States have made themselves clear in stating that they do not recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia, even criticizing Russia for recognizing these two entities. Why the double standard?

I really am not into politics, since I find all these flaws and problems that I suppose other people have the patience to deal with it, and I do not. Personally, I opt for self-determination: if an entity wants to be independent, then let them be independent, and let them demonstrate the capacity to be independent. Yes, other entities can trade with the newly-independent entity, but no aid should be given just for the sake of preserving independence. So, once the entity realizes that it cannot be independent, then let them re-attach themselves again to form a larger entity. Basically, if one can support oneself through normal economic and bilateral means of support, then go ahead and be independent. But if one entity needs to rely on another entity unilaterally just in order to be independent, then that does not merit independence.

So, with regard to Kosovo, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia, let them be. If they still find their heads up and not sink, then that would be good. Otherwise, if they need support just to say that they are independent, then it would be wiser to attach themselves to a larger entity and stop pretending that they can do it on their own.

(Gravity at Work, from my Letchworth Park Series)

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