---------- Forwarded message ----------From: barry levine
to the Editor:
When we signed the charter of the United Nations, we pledged ourselves to the national self-determination of peoples. In the middle of the twentieth century, that led to the dismantling of empires from a previous age, and to the creation of many of the current member states of the U.N. General Assembly. That charter is still in effect. Although we have often ignored it--most pointedly in the case of the Tibetans--we violate our own treaty obligations when we oppose a people's national self-determination. Now in the twenty-first century, we may want to renegotiate this treaty in light of our country's own imperial ambitions. Until we do, we cannot legitimately oppose the Kosovar Albanians' quest for freedom.
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