Monday, February 18, 2008
Killer Arbitrary Lines
I've been looking at that picture, but I can't make out the places where one country ends and another begins. Yet people get so bent out of shape over that arbitrary distinction. Today Kosovo declared their independance from Serbia. I don't know the history of this announcement, and I don't need to. A group of people consider themselves different enough from the majority of their parent country to wish to be their own country. So what? Let them go. I have never understood why countries get so upset when part of the country wants to calve off. And I include our own Civil War in that. I suppose we like to hide behind the pleasant fiction that the Civil War was fought to end slavery, but really it was about real estate. Boundaries are so foolish, to me, and to go to war over a voluntary exodus seems utterly pointless. Let the Kosovans have their country. Let the Basque govern themselves. Let Quebec wall off their island and annoy only each other. (just kidding, Stinky) When one nation forceably annexes another, that's grounds for battle. But when one area wants to become autonomous, and there are enough people in that group to warrant it, I say let them go. What is the big deal?
Lord Marius of Mariusland
I make the Quebec joke based solely on my experience with retired Quebecois who come to Florida in huge RV's and drive, if possible, even worse than we do.
The only two people from Quebec that I actually know, i.e. Stinkypaw and a lovely young actress named Cora Lebuis, are wonderful folks of whom I am quite fond.