Now Bosnia wants to join. Reports the Kuwait News Agency:
Bosnia-Herzegovina Presidency Chairman Zeljko Komsic on Saturday submitted a request for receiving the NATO membership action plan. The military alliance’s Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said after his meeting with the Bosnian delegation on Friday in Brussels that the bid was “the best way toward lasting stability in the Euro-Atlantic region.” “I would like for all Western Balkans countries to be integrated into NATO, ” he said.
The Bosnian delegation also included Foreign Minister Sven Alkalaj and Defense Minister Selmo Cikotic. The action plan in question is meant to prepare candidate countries for a full-fledged NATO membership. Rasmussen also discussed Bosnia’s contribution to the NATO mission in Afghanistan with the Bosnian delegation, and the progress made in the Partnership for Peace program.
What conceivable value does Bosnia–an artificial state which remains sharply divided internally along ethnic lines–add to the Western alliance? Why should Americans promise to defend such a bizarre and unstable geopolitical creature?
Bosnia’s request illustrates yet again why Washington should step away and leave Balkans affairs to the Europeans. Even if the latter make a mess of it–again!–it doesn’t matter for the U.S. which is, if people haven’t noticed, rather busy elsewhere.