See the report on the discussions on Kosovo by EU Ministers from the BBC today and think about these words-
'Kosovo, the ministers agreed, was a unique case and did not call into question international legal principles, such as territorial integrity.'
And so with the stroke of a pen, all previous principles of international law as to the how territory can be gained or lost, which has maintained relative peace in the world for over 60 years, are swept away.
Is this the Brave New World? Laws apply to all, it seems, except the Bureaucracy that creates them.
The EU now believes itself so powerful and certain to succeed, that it can ignore the structures of the post-war world, the United Nations and eternal constitutional principles such as the Rule of Law.
By the EU's Kosovo decision, the world has been moved into a dangerous new era, where law no longer applies, and where democratic accountability is practically non-existent. The EU will no doubt pay the price for its arrogance in time, but so too will thousands of innocent people, not only in Kosovo but in many places in the world where all that lies between hope and oblivion is the force of international law, and the influence of democracies to pressure regimes to observe civilised standards.
In Kosovo the EU has crossed The Rubicon. It is not marching on Rome, but over a constitutional precipice.