However, not everyone was happy. The Serbian population in the north of Kosovo showed their discontent with a large and well attended peaceful demonstration and a smaller more violent one which resulted in an attack on the U.S. Embassy.
Other countries were also not so keen on Kosovo's independence. Spain, for example rejected the claim perhaps feeling that to acknowledge it would fuel the Basque independence movement.
It also occurred to me that while the U.S. (and U.K.) is quick to recognise the Sovereign rights of Kosovo, they still place many preconditions on the formation of a Palestinian state. There are many other separatist campaigns around the globe and it seems like governments are being highly selective in their application of criteria. In the same week Turkey launched a new offensive against the PKK, a group fighting for the establishment of a Kurdish territory and denounced as terrorists by Turkey and the U.S. The timing of this does not seem coincidental to me. In fact, once again it seems law is being implemented and recognised only when it suits specific agendas.
The Balkans has had a tumultuous history (Archduke Franz Ferdinand anyone?) and this is just another chapter in the story. One that will have many repercussions I am sure.
For more on this subject, check out this article by Jeremy Scahill and this article by Adel Safty.
There is also a slideshow on the NY Times website with some history of the recent conflict in Kosovo and some stunning photographs by Andrew Testa. Check it out here