Friday, May 18, 2001

The war in and around Macedonia, which disappeared for a while, has started up again. The bizarre thing about it is that the United States appears to be supporting both the Macedonians and the Albanian rebels. This is a strategy which must be intended to lead to long term uncertainty and disruption in both Macedonia and the whole region. What long-term goal of the United States is served by this? I find the conspiracy-theory guesses to be unsatisfactory as everyone lacks information on the hidden U. S. goals in the area. Does the odd U. S. policy have to do with the drug smuggling trade? With oil? With other natural resources? With general control over the Balkans? Or is it just keeping all the balls in the air with a view to keeping all options open?