The much hated Bush adminstration had advanced my goals, much like Napoleon, conquering Europe in the name of liberty all the while putting his friends on foreign thrones, actually ended up advancing the real cries for liberty and the end to thrones. They did it with Kosovo.
Like the Supreme Court ruling which put Bush in the White House, the recognition of secessionist Kosovo was supposed to be allowed, but never allowed to be a precedent. The International Court of Justice has ruled that Kosovo's declaration of independence was legal. The Associated Press has published an article saying this may lead to more breakaway movements. I will highlight each region mentioned by the AP if it is or isn't a linguistic divide.
Regions around the world where separatists may be energized by Kosovo's secession include Spain's Basque country and Catalonia, Scotland, Italy's ethnic German-populated Alto Adige, and parts of Romania and Slovakia populated by restive Hungarian minorities.Lastly, let me say that I recognize that during the Dark Ages there were many, many small countries, making unity of purpose difficulty, but also that there have been times of very few countries which have also been problematic. This is all related to my website/theory Language & Peace.
South Ossetia and Abkhazia, which have declared independence from Georgia, will also be encouraged by the ruling that states that such unilateral declarations of independence are not illegal under international law. Nearby, Armenian separatists in Azerbaijan's Nagorno-Karabah region may seek to legitimize their secession dating back to the early 1990s.
In the Middle East, Kurdish politicians in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region have also said they will carefully study the ICJ decision. Although the U.S. has insisted on keeping Iraq's territorial integrity since the 2003 invasion, the Kurds have repeatedly pointed out that they have been victims of Iraqi aggression under a variety of regimes since the 1930s.
The ruling could also have far-reaching effects on Indonesia, where at least two provinces, Aceh and West Papua, are seeking independence.