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<nettime> Re: <.nettime> Re: Kosovo and the Economics of Attention
Newmedia on Fri, 16 Apr 1999 08:46:34 +0200 (CEST)


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<nettime> Re: <.nettime> Re: Kosovo and the Economics of Attention


Alain:

A cogent rebuttal.  Thanks.

I would only offer that one need not posit a direct transport of oil
*through* the Balkans to make your case. 

Pipelines through Turkey to load ships bound for distant refineries seem
more plausible, don't they? 

Nonetheless, it is the "globalization" discourse which really kicks in
here -- since what is not allowed by the "globalists" is strong arguments
for national sovereignty.  Milosevic, whatever else he might be, has been
a "republican" who has attempted to hold together a multi-ethnic
"republic"  through all of this.  And, true to their "anti-republican"
rhetoric, the "globalists" have been doing all they could to dismember the
Yugoslav "republic." 

My sense, from talking a quite a few in policy circles is that it is the
Russian and Chinese "republics" which are really at issue here and the
Yugoslavs are a surrogate being used to unify Europe, rebuild NATO, put
troops permanently in the area and to implicitly threaten Russia and
China.  Needlesstosay, Caspian oil is far more central to the future of
those "republics" and, in particular, any joint Central Asian economic
development effort in the future. 

Yes, oil . . . but indirectly. 

Yes, globalism . . . but as "anti-republicanism" in Yugo and all the rest
vis-a-vis China and Russia. 

All cover-motivated by "Christian" charity by people who don't regard
themselves as "Christian." 

Best,

Mark Stahlman

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