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23 May 2006

RIP Yugoslavia

The last vestiges of the Yugoslav Republic died this past weekend when Montenegro voted for independence. More than 86% of the eligable voters turned out with 55.5% of the people voting for independence which was .5 percent over the amount required. There was a demand by some pro union elements for a complete recount but it was overturned and now Serbia has announced that it has accepted the results.
Montenegro briefly had independence at the end of the First World War after the Austro-Hungarian Emprire broke up but it was soon absorbed into the new Yugoslav Republic.
The European Commission has already said that Montenegro can begin the process to join the EU.

Those who said that Tito was the only real Yugoslov turned out to be correct.

3 Comments:

Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Absolutely amazes me that Tito was able to hold that country together. Not saying he was a good guy, just saying it's amazing he was able to hold all those ethnic groups together. Under his reign, there was almost no in-fighting among ethnic groups.

6:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure why everyone thought they could just create a country out of thin air that was full of internal divisions and shared little in common.

Similarly, I was always curious why everyone was so insistent that Iraq not be divided. This was demanded on the left and also guaranteed on the right. But as we've seen, Iraq isn't really much of a cohesive nation in the first place, but just some arbitrary lines on the map slapped down by the Brits when they pulled out. So why insist that the arbitrary boundary must remain in place?

3:12 PM  
Blogger exMI said...

Well anon, the boggest reason for not dividing Iraq is that the other nations in the area refuse to consider it. Especially Turkey, Iran, and Syria. Because if the ethnic minorities in Iraq suddenly got their own countries they the ethnic minorities in their countries would want to follow suit. The most worrying of these being of course the Kurds. Greater Kurdistan as envisioned by Kurdish activists includes broad swathes of of all three of those countries as well as northern Iraq. turkey has made it very clear that any attempt to establish an independent Kurdistan would result in immediate invasion.

7:38 AM  

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