Friday, April 16, 2010

If Somalialand Has It, Can Any Self-Respecting Nation Be Without?

One of Bill Clinton's most enduring contributions to American life is his insistence that definitions matter:

The Economist has an interesting article on the definition and attributes of a nation.
Somaliland, has met this standard with increasing impressiveness since it declared independence in 1991. It has a currency, car registrations and even biometric passports.


Consul-At-Arms said...

True sovereignty is demonstrated by a state having two attributes:

1.) It's own airline.

2.) It's own brand of beer.

Consul-At-Arms said...

Actually, my Poli Sci 101 prof explained that a sovereign nation is one that can lawfully kill its own citizens.