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It’s become fairly clear over the past couple of decades that the principle that every people deserves political self-determination, i.e. a state of their own, can be taken too far. NATO handled the 1998-99 Kosovo situation as well as could be expected under the circumstances, but it’s not clear to me that a far better outcome than an independent Kosovo that’s really not a viable state might not have been achievable. I don’t understand the point of Flemish, Abkhazian or Ossetian independence, and independent East Timor is not doing too well. In some cases, international commitments to guaranteeing independence to any population that wants it seem guaranteed to generate weak, dependent states that might even be considered neo-colonialist.
That said, there is at least one population in the world that genuinely needs to get an independent state as soon as feasible, even if it doesn’t appear economically viable. So on this July 4, let’s hope the year brings us closer to an independent Palestine with a peaceful relationship with its Israeli neighbor.
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