February 16th 2008 06:01:26 AM
Kuwait, Albania ink fraternity accord, Feb. 5th:
Kuwait and Albania signed yesterday a “Document of Fraternity” between Ahmadi and Albania governorates, and both sides reached an agreement to implement this document with all relevant procedures and protocols. The document was signed on the Kuwaiti side by Ahmadi Governor Sheikh Dr. Ibrahim Duaij Al-Ibrahim Al-Sabah and on the Albanian side by Governor Edi Rama.
The document stipulates the promotion of good relations and the exchange of experience in order to further the development and understanding among people to achieve prosperity and advancement for all citizens.
It also calls for cooperation and exchange of experience and knowledge in all fields of local administration, particularly in preserving and restoring national heritage, environmental protection, architectural planning and urban development, cultural and sports exchange, promoting and developing economic cooperation and trade exchange, and promoting scientific and technological cooperation.
Governor Rama expressed his appreciation for the generosity and warmth with which he was received upon arrival in Kuwait two days ago, and lauded the level of friendship that tied his country with the Gulf state. Ahmadi governor welcomed the Albanian guest and recounted the deep relations that bound the two sides, which he said were fostered through the visit of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah to the European state in December 2007, as well as the visit by the Albanian parliament speaker in mid-January. The two sides exchanged commemorative gifts on this occasion, following which the Albanian delegation visited the exhibition of Kuwait Oil Company. - KUNA
It certainly doesn’t bode well for the future of al-Banians’ professed “pro-Jewishness”. From Thursday’s lefty Israeli Haaretz newspaper:
By Adar Primor
Just days before declaring Kosovo’s independence, Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, the “Ben Gurion of Kosovo,” called on Israel to recognize his nation’s independence. [The Ben Gurion of Kosovo title is for the benefit of the Israel leg of the al-Banian propaganda.] “We would like and we expect Israel to be on board with all those democratic countries of the world which will immediately recognize Kosovo’s independence,” says Thaci in an interview with Haaretz. And he also wants to reassure us: Under no circumstances will independent Kosovo be an Islamic nation.
Next Sunday, February 17, is the date on which, according to most indications, Thaci will declare Kosovo’s independence. It will put an end to hundreds of years of Ottoman, Yugoslavian and Serbian rule, which saw oppression and ethnic cleansing in the region. [By Albanians.] The bloodshed ended only in 1999 after NATO’s bombing campaign against Slobodan Milosevic’s Serbian forces. [That’s when the bloodshed started.]
Independence Day celebrations are already underway. [Some good Serb-shootin’ ahead!] As is the declaration of independence. “The declaration of Kosovo’s independence is inspired by the Kosovar people’s will,” says Thaci. “Regarding the issue of flag, anthem and other national symbols, there are specific committees set up for these purposes. Kosovo’s state symbols will all be ready on Independence Day.”
Israel is also a source of inspiration. “I love Israel,” said Thaci in December 2007 to a JTA reporter. “It’s a wonderful country,” said the man who used to be the tough political leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), sounding to the journalist like a child recalling his last trip to Disney World.
His impressions were apparently influenced by the network of contacts he made here. Dov Weisglass, former prime minister Ariel Sharon’s adviser, was involved in a recent trip he made to Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu’s former adviser, American Arthur Finkelstein gave him political advice, and the former governor of the Bank of Israel, David Klein offered him economic advice. [a.k.a. Jewish Suckers]
Subsequently it might not be surprising that Thaci considers Sharon a “great leader.” He has the same opinion of Benjamin Netanyahu. Actually it is surprising: Sharon was one of the few leaders who supported Slobodan Milosevic, and in 1999 came out against the separatist Albanians. As foreign minister during the Kosovo war, Sharon warned of the establishment of “Greater Albania,” which would become a center for spreading Islamic terror in Europe. Because he was afraid of creating a precedent whose consequences were liable to affect the Middle East as well, Sharon added that belligerent intervention of the kind used by NATO in Kosovo should not be legitimized.
Thaci also denies the “Greater Albania” scenario: “Albanians living in Albania live in their own independent country. Kosovars [90 percent of whom are ethnic Albanians] will also live and build their future in their independent Kosovo. The phrase of the so-called ‘Greater Albania’ is also false and Serbian propaganda. The future of Kosovo and Albania together with the rest of the Western Balkan countries lies within the European Union and this is the only point which brings all of us together.”
The argument that Kosovar independence would create an Islamic state in the heart of Europe, a state that would rely on Saudi and Iranian support, is even more insulting to him. “This question does not even deserve a comment,” he says, and nevertheless decides to reply. “If there is any model in the world that illustrates the good coexistence of various religious communities, it’s Kosovo. These false arguments have been launched by the Slobodan Milosevic regime and belong to the past.”
At a time when in Turkey, which also wants to join Europe, the battle over the religious character of the state is heating up, Thaci promises: “Kosovo is going to be a democratic and secular state of all its citizens, and the freedom to exercise religion without any hindrance is granted by the Kosovo Constitution.” [Of course, what’s on paper isn’t responsible for what the Albanian majority chooses to do to those of a different religion or culture.]
(Last photo is of Kosovo village Brod, from TurkishPress.com)
Experts on the Balkans believe that Kosovo can in fact become a unique model. The Kosovars tend to emphasize their nationality far more than their religious identity, which was forced on them by the Ottomans in the 15th and 16th centuries. Even today, it is claimed, one can find many more radical Islamists in London or Brooklyn than in all of Kosovo. Kosovar society is mainly secular, its Islam is moderate and will remain so, one reason being that the new state will not be able to survive outside of the European arena. [Of course, London and Brooklyn aren’t about to give their land away to secular Muslims so that the Islamists can solidify the caliphate through the Western-ceded territories.]
Thaci, 39, was born in the Drenica Valley - a bastion of Albanian nationalism in Kosovo and the focus of the armed struggle against Serbian rule. He studied philosophy and political science at the University of Pristina, and was one of the student leaders in the years 1989-1991.
He was involved in organizing demonstrations against Belgrade and in clandestine training of armed groups. In 1995 he continued his studies in Switzerland, where he was also involved in raising money to fund the rebellion. When he returned to Kosovo, Thaci assumed the nom de guerre “the Snake,” and within a short time became the political leader of the KLA - “the Gerry Adams [former leader of the political arm of the IRA] of Kosovo,” was the nickname given to him in some Western capitals.
And as for Russian intervention? “The Cold War is over, and in any case together with UNMIK [the UN Civil Administration] and KFOR [the NATO peacekeeping force] we have undertaken all necessary steps to be able to respond promptly to any kind of situation.”
“Kosovo is a unique case,” he claims repeatedly, without elaborating. “It should not represent any precedent. [Because I say so!] Kosovo’s independence will be the cornerstone for the peace and stability in the Balkans. This excludes completely the possibility of any negative domino effect. Kosovo’s independence will usher in a long period of peace and cooperation.” [Translation: Kosovo’s non-independence will usher in a long period of violence, since we basically have guns pointed at KFOR troops, which is why the West backs our independence so strongly.]
Meanwhile, in response to a December commentary by Adar Primor — the author of the interview above and apparently Haaretz’s official shill for Greater al-Bania — Jim Jatras wrote the following letter, which the newspaper had agreed to publish but then inexplicably didn’t:
In his recent commentary advocating Israel’s support for Kosovo independence, Mr. Adar Primor cited, and then disregarded, several arguments as to why such support would be harmful to Israel’s interests. Those arguments were taken directly, without attribution, from a recent paper published by the Begin-Sadat Center of Bar-Ilan University, co-written by myself and the distinguished authority on global jihad movements, Dr. Serge Trifkovic. Neither Mr. Adar’s casual dismissal of the warnings sounded in that paper nor the faulty reasons he gives in favor of Israel’s approval of an independent Muslim Kosovo can go unanswered .
As to the arguments Dr. Trifkovic and I advanced in our paper, it is significant that Mr Primor did not take time to refute them. If Russia’s veto as a Permenent Member of the Security Council is circumvented with respect to Kosovo, why is he so sure that America’s veto protection for Israel will not be weakened? If Serbia’s identity and Christian spiritual heritage are trashed, why is he so sure that the value of Israel’s Jewish patrimony — so precious not only to Israelis but to many American Christians — will not be similarly debased?
Mr. Primor’s arguments regarding the Islamic factor in Kosovo are particularly disturbing. Space did not allow an exhaustive exposition of the jihadist significance of Kosovo in the BESA paper, but there can be no doubt of its relevance. The deep roots the global jihad network, including al-Qaida, have put down in Kosovo during the period of UN and NATO administration have been reported and analyzed in detail by Shaul Shay (of Herzliya University’s International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism and the IDF’s Department of History) in his book, Islamic Terror in the Balkans; and by Christopher Deliso in The Coming Balkan Caliphate. Is it insignificant that four of the six arrestees in a plot to attack Ft. Dix in New Jersey are Albanian Muslims from the Kosovo region? Are beheadings less an evidence of a jihad motivation when the victims are Serbs than when they are Jews, Hindus, or Filipinos? Is there no ideological clue as to the perpetrators’ motivations when attacks on churches target in particular crosses and icons?
The myth of “moderate,” “secular” Kosovo Albanian society is persistent and misleading. Kosovo Albanians are overwhelmingly Sunni Muslims. Even as hundreds of Christian shrines have been destroyed since 1999, they have been replaced by hundreds of mosques paid for by Saudi Arabian and Gulf States money — complete with the Wahhabist ideological software that goes with them. Catholics, once up to five percent of Kosovo’s population, are now under one percent, and half of those are Croats living in Serbian enclaves.
Projecting pious hopes of “moderation” on supposedly secular Muslims because they drink alcohol, don’t wear veils, etc., is a dangerous misunderstanding of jihadist mentality. As expositors of jihadist ideology have pointed out, even an apostate Muslim, like Saddam Hussein or Gamal Abdel Nasser, when claiming to fight for a “nationalist” concept are really advancing the cause of Islam if leading the ummah against the kafirun. Just as Palestinian “nationalism” has morphed into a jihad movement, leaving no place for Christians (no matter how militant they are, like the terrorist George Habash), there will soon be no place for the tiny remnant of Albanian Catholics in a monoreligious Islamic Kosovo.
Not too long ago in Brussels I asked a member of the European Parliament why the “democratic and enlightened” world, as Mr. Primor calls it, was so keen to reward the Kosovo Albanians’ violence and intolerance. He looked me right in the eye and said, “Because we’re afraid of them.” That is the sad truth lying particularly behind my country’s policy as well. Earlier this year House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Lantos stated that he hoped “jihadists of all color and hue” would take note that the U.S. is “foursquare behind the creation of a predominantly Muslim country in the very heart of Europe.” The consequences of such an idea, reflecting nothing more than fear of violence and a desperate hope to appease the jihadists, should be obvious. That they are not to Mr. Lantos, a well-known friend of Israel, is disturbing, but here in America the price to be paid still seems remote. Israel does not have the luxury of such delusions.