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4. not dependent; not depending or contingent upon something else for existence, operation, etc.
5. not relying on another or others for aid or support.
6. rejecting others’ aid or support; refusing to be under obligation to others.
7. possessing a competency: to be financially independent.
For nearly a decade, Kosovo has been under the authority and control of UNMIK, a United Nations led civil administration bureau who has failed miserably at its stated “missions” as found under “Duties” and “Criticisms” in this Wikipedia article. Electricity is still sporadic, as the original news article bears out; since UNMIK arrived on the scene, Kosovo has been used as a place from which young Slavic women are trafficked as prostitutes, most notably from Romania, Bulgaria and the Ukraine. Minority Serbs living in Kosovo are not being protected, as UNMIK was supposedly beholden to do, and in fact ethnic violence there is rampant.
Independent? Not hardly; they’ll still be reliant on UNMIK, NATO and others for handouts for years to come. Why is everyone patting themselves on the back for this “bold” move? I, for one, am not an American who will sit back and cheer for independent Kosovars. The media only tells part of the story. The real people involved, those whose lives are affected, know the score. And the score is: Kosovo: 0; Serbia: 0. It’s a wash, folks.