politics are tricky

International relations are complex, and let’s face it, in between American Idol and buying Cubs tickets, there’s not much time to get up to speed on which richly sophisticated culture is taking the machetes to the neighbors today. The good news is that through the power of the intertubes, the media can present both sides of a story succinctly and persuasively. For example, I started out thinking that Kosovar independence was probably a good thing. But now I’m not sure what to think.

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Against Kosovo independence

Kosovo Serb girls wearing Serbian military caps attend a protest against the independence of Kosovo in the Serbian part of the ethnically divided town of Kosovska Mitrovica. (AP/Zvezdan Djukanovic / February 27, 2008)

For some reason I am put in mind of when I was reading up on Lebanese democracy* three years ago:

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If this Economist cover compels you to learn more about the attractive Lebanese women struggling for democracy you can check out this blog which apparently was all over the issue in the brief 2-week span anybody cared about it.

* also the name of a long-awaited Night Ranger album.

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