The Case for Doing Nothing

Doing nothing about Kosovo independence — “freezing its status” as they say — would be the right thing to do, and demonstrate an unusual dose of prudence and good sense on the part of the Bush administration. There’s nothing wrong, in my view, with the idea of Kosovo being independent, but obviously Serbs don’t like it and it’s become an important point of pride and whatnot for Russia. Under the circumstances, a unilateral Western recognition of Kosovo independence would do relatively little to help Kosovars in concrete terms and a great deal to worsen US-Russian relations with potentially bad consequences for our policy in the Caucuses and Iran.