If there was one thing that united the western political class in 1998, as they ramped up the pressure on Belgrade over the (largely nonexistent) Kosovo conflict, it was that there was no question of Kosovo ever becoming an independent state. Think what that might lead to ….
In 2008, when the West was obliged to conceded this independence, western capitals were still worried. Think what that might lead to…. Fortunately, Hilary Clinton was there to save the day. “This is not a precedent!” she squeaked, rather desperately.
As we see.