August 12, 2008 | National Review Online

Re: The Kosovo Excuse

I agree with Andrew.  It doesn’t justify — not even close — the Russian aggression, and I have no doubt that Putin would have found some other pretext … or just started annexing Georgia without pretext.  But the recognition of Kosovo was a huge blunder, forced by those who think Muslim agitators will like us better, rather than sense weakness, if we appease and break the rules for them.  Smart folk like Melanie Phillips, Caroline Glick and Scott Johnson wrote about it at the time, and they were right.

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