(China, The Former Yugoslavia & U.S. Foreign Policy)



Yugoslavia’s republics were entitled to independence and at least one province was entitled to autonomy amounting to independence. A few years ago, this was the position of the United States, its NATO allies, and the United Nations.

Tibet and Taiwan are accepted as integral parts of China according the world powers.

Basing foreign policy on “humanitarian” considerations is questionable at best. When that “humanitarian” policy is tempered by realism it is rather unappealing. There is something less than noble about not tolerating a bully unless the bully is really big.

Perhaps it would be better to intervene in other people’s affairs only when there is some U.S. interest at stake. Following that rule, and freely admitting that we are following the rule, would seem a more honest approach to foreign policy.