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Comparative Politics Over the past decades there has been a major paradigm shift between the idealist and realist model of self-determination Earlier on in this century US President Woodrow Wilson promoted national self-determination as a basic political principle Yet more recently President Bill Clinton warned of the ills of unrestrained nationalism Stating Militant nationalism is on the risetransforming the healthy pride of nations tribes religious and ethnic groups into cancerous prejudice eating away at states and leaving their people addicted to the political pain-killers of violence and demagoguery This statement most clearly portrays the United States recent impetus upon NATO to use persuasive military force in order to prevent the Yugoslavian government from cracking down on ethnic Albania separatists in the renegade region of Kosovo In order to better understand the current crisis in Kosovo and NATOs threat to use military force against the Serbs one must foremost delve into the organization of European powers the United States strategy urging NATO to act and the long standing history between ethnic minorities in Kosovo from a realist point of view At the background of this event is the xenophobic feeling created by extreme Serbian nationalism towards the Albania separatists With over five centuries of Ottoman Turk domination in the Balkan states the Serbian peoples have always felt a sense of nationalist unity against other ethnic groups Which they hoped would one day overcome oppression and result in the formation of a unified Serbian government But with the unification of Yugoslavia also came the negative attributes associated with exacerbated nationalism This being most clearly portrayed in the opening of past injuries inflected upon the Serbs by another ethnic group the ethnic Albanians Who can be most closely associated with the Muslim Ottoman Turk Empire to whom they once belonged By declaring themselves a separatists group in the Republic of Serbia the Serbian government had reason to put down their uprising but its situation
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