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Divide and survive

I was right about the partition of Kosovo

By Anatol Lieven   54

In a prospect essay published during the Kosovo war (Divide and Survive, May 1999), I advocated partition of the region as the only solution to its ethnic hatreds. After everything that had happened, it was simply inconceivable that Serbs and Albanians could ever again live together peacefully. If Nato wanted to preserve even the appearance of a “multi-ethnic Kosovo,” it would have to maintain large numbers of troops there indefinitely.

One year on, the essay’s predictions have come depressingly true. Nato was unable to stop the vengeful Albanians from ethnically cleansing the Serbian minority from nine-tenths of the region. More…

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