Kosovar musicians (left) and independence-celebrations... with American Flags- nice touch (right)If you're like me, you love a new country. Yesterday, Kosovo took the plunge. Of course, Serbia is predictably bitching and moaning, but haven't they gotten used to rejection, what with being successively dumped by Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Montenegro and Macedonia? And didn't Serbia ignite the Great War when they were trying to assert their independence? And didn't Serbia only include Kosovo because it invaded it in 1912? Let it go, Serbia. You are too possessive. You smother your mates and now you're alone and forsaken.
Of course, from looking at new countries, choosing independence seems like a pretty tough row to hoe. Look at some of the Earth's newest countries.
East Timor, approaching ten years of independence, is still plagued with violence, corruption, lack of economic development or infrastructure.
Eritrea, independent for 15 years, enjoys an uneasy peace with its neighbors Ethiopia and Yemen.