This I Believe

Jonathan - Houston, Texas
Entered on February 6, 2008

This Is What I Believe In

From the very beginning of childhood, kids in the United States are taught to love and cherish democracy and individual freedom. It was this dream that the American forefathers believed in when they first declared independence from Great Britain. Today, that dream is honored, respected, and pursued. This is why the United States is so supportive of the independence of the Serbian province, Kosovo. Is this devotion? Some may think so. I myself believe that it is hypocrisy.

I think if the United States, as well as the European Union and the United Nations, is so bent on supporting this small provinces visions of independence, then they should also be launching campaigns to encourage the independence of ethnic Kurds. The Kurds have been resisting conformity from 3 different governments and has endured attacks from one. These are a minority that needs help the most. Yet, there is no one making a move in supporting them.

So if there are other minorities that desire independence, why is the United States only supporting one in particular? The United States already has uneasy relations with the nation of Serbia, and would not endure any economic instability if any catastrophe were to happen. In essence, the United States is choosing the battles it can’t lose. I believe that if you support one case of a cause, then you must support all cases of that cause. I believe that it is hypocritical to do so otherwise, and therefore I believe that the United States is not truly devoted in its pursuit of freedom and democracy.