****UPDATE AT BOTTOM****

From June:
Libya has one dictator but Kosovo has many Gaddafis (by Fatos Bytyci, June 3)

* Over 100 Kosovars named Gaddafi after Libyan leader

* Kosovars also named after Clinton, Blair

PRISTINA - During the socialist era of the 1970s and 1980s, dozens of parents in Kosovo named their sons after Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, someone they admired for his non-aligned stance and devotion to Islam.

With NATO, a supporter of mainly Muslim Kosovo’s independence, now fighting Gaddafi’s regime and calling for him to leave office, these are awkward times for such children.

“My mother liked the name Gaddafi as she thought he was the leader of all Muslims,” said economics student Gadaf Abdyli, 22.

“I consider him as a dictator… the battle for power is everything for him. He is a dictator that belongs to the last century.”

A foreign ministry official said Kosovo was home to more than 100 people named Gadaf, an Albanian language adaptation of the Arabic name Gaddafi. Several dozen of them have Facebook pages.

“In my view it is not good to have the names of leaders because things may change as it is now the case,” said Gadaf Latifi, 25, an architect from the capital Pristina.

The name may seem unusual today, but under Josip Broz Tito, Yugoslavia carved out a socialist path within the Non-Aligned Movement. Kosovo was part of Yugoslavia until the Balkan wars of the 1990s. Libya was also a member of the Non-Aligned Movement, making Gaddafi a figure of great admiration for some.

“Gaddafi was a personality that had close ties with the Yugoslav leader at that time, it was a country that opened its doors to our workers, a charismatic leader and, above all, he was Muslim and all these things made him a good example of a person for many families in Kosovo,” said Anton Berishaj, a sociology professor at Pristina University.

In recent years, Kosovar parents have also turned to other political leaders for naming inspiration, again adapting the monikers to the Albanian tongue.

Today there are children named “Klinton” after former U.S. President Bill Clinton, “Tonibler” after former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and “Ollbrajt” after U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

All are politicians who played a role in the 1999 NATO intervention against Serbia, which paved the way for Kosovo’s eventual independence…

(Let’s not miss the part about these non-Muslimy Balkans Muslims pining for their Islam under Communism.)

In an inversely related college newspaper item from Oct. 25th, it is confirmed that Americans have no clue what they did to earn the great and meaningful Albanian-American friendship that is such a geopolitical priority for the superpower:

Feelings of euphoria may be what many students who study abroad experience when their opportunities to interact in a different culture arrive. However, after Missouri Western international student Saranda Halili landed in the United States, she quickly became frustrated that most of the Americans she met were unable to pinpoint Kosovo, her native land, on a map.

“When I came, I expected Americans to know where Kosovo is since the United States fought a war for us,” Halili said. “I was so disappointed!”

[Indeed, 99 percent of Americans have no idea we were ever there, or that we still are. And they need to be reintroduced to the word ‘Kosovo” every time it comes up. Clearly, this was a very important war for us to fight.]

…Halili spoke to approximately 40 students and community members and outlined Kosovo’s history and political issues, making an identification of its geographic location one of her first priorities.

An international migration and ethnic relations major at Sweden’s Malmo University, Halili began by saying that she and her family fled to Sweden during the tumultuous disintegration of Yugoslavia in 1992…

“Even though the war is over, there is a lot of tension and conflict in Kosovo,” Halili said. “Hopefully, I will go back one day and try to solve it. There is hope.”

Halili, who came to Western through a foreign exchange program with Malmo University, was asked about the significance of Kosovo’s declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008 . She said that the people of Kosovo are very grateful to the United States for its hand in their long-awaited liberation, sometimes even viewing Americans as heroes.

“It meant so much,” Halili said, in reference to the declaration. “That’s what they fought for. But now, they’re very skeptical because the situation isn’t improving.”

For Kosovo to endure its hardships, Halili believes there’s still a need for an international presence and a global awareness.

“Our government isn’t strong enough,” Halili said.” There are a lot of issues with corruption. Until we can solve these issues, we need the international community.” […]

*****UPDATE*****
I am of course aware that Serbia has had the more prominent friendship with Libya and Gaddafi, which is partly why I posted the first item above. Because the point is that a) only Serbs have been called on it when it turns out that Albanians have named their kids after the man, and b) in this, Gaddafi is in the same company as Bill and Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Tony Blair and others who have had streets and squares in Pristina and Tirana named after them, including Eliot Engel, William Walker, Bob Dole, George W. Bush and others. All of whom, incidentally, are the same sorts that use the Gaddafi tag against Serbs.

Point being: Albanians don’t make distinctions between people and systems as long as they’re sponsoring Albanian ambitions.

As for the second item above, Nebojsa Malic adds a good point:

She’s studying “international migration and ethnic relations” at Malmo. What does the program teach - how to invade a country through illegal immigration, artificially high birth rates and welfare leeching, culminating in a faked genocide and external intervention? And if what I recall hearing about Malmo and the Muslim immigrants there is true, they don’t need a degree to put this into practice.

Here is what Nebojsa is talking about:

Hollywood cancels shooting of film about Jews in Malmö: Area too hostile toward Jews…[from] The South Swedish, July 12 2011 “Malmö’s reputation scares Hollywood“:

Malmö. Hollywood wanted to shoot a feature film in Skåne [South Sweden, where the principal city is Malmö], based on a best-seller. But the company got cold feet. The reason: threats against Jews in the region. In January of this year, a meeting was held in Los Angeles between Hollywood companies and Mikael Svensson from Øresund Film Commission, a Swedish-Danish cooperation agency that helps foreign film companies who want to shoot in the region.

The film company said they were interested in finding potential film locations in Malmö and Skåne for a film based on a bestseller with a Jewish theme.

But the delegation from Hollywood never showed up. Instead, Mikael Svensson received an email in February stating that the shooting in Skåne had been scrapped…Here is the email sent from Hollywood to the Swedish film commissioner:

“The only problem I see with this project, as well conceived as it is, being based on a best seller, is the huge problem that this is a Jewish story and that the Simon Wiesenthal Center in the USA called the south of Sweden a VERY unsafe place for the Jewish community, due to the large and increasingly hostile community of Muslims.”

And check out this transcript of a recent French video: Leaving Malmo

…In certain European countries, we see a new kind of antisemitism appearing.
0:04 With Muslim immigrants, that are extremely aggressive towards the Jews.
0:08 The city of Malmö in Sweden…
0:12 offers an example. While walking on the street…
0:16 the Orthodox Jews was called “A dirty Jews that we had forgotten…
0:20 to gas”. The hostility is such…
0:24 that they do not dare show their religious identity in public.
0:28 They trade the kippah for baseball caps. Others do not tolerate…
0:32 this situation and turn their backs on Europe.
0:36 Nina Troisner is spending her last few days in Malmö.
0:40 …This 21 year old Jew…
0:44 abandoned her job as a teacher for preschoolers to go to…
0:48 live in Israel.
0:56 …Here Jews are not accepted…
1:12 Everything you do here, you take a risk.
1:16 Nina and her family are afraid of the Muslims of Malmö, that they perceive as violent.
1:20 At first glance, this may appear as excessive in a country as tolerant as Sweden
1:24 2 years ago, during this event, related to the war in Gaza, the young girl…
1:28 was witness to a scene that profoundly marked her. Muslims attacked the Jews…
1:32 the police told us that we had to abort the demonstration …
1:36 “we cannot protect you. Disperse yourselves”
1:40 It should have been the others that should have been dispersed, not us.
1:44 That was the last straw…
2:12 We do not find fundamentalists that hunt Jews…
2:56 [Muslims] represent 1/6th of the population of Malmö which is 50,000 people…
3:01 against a Jewish community that has 700 members.
3:05 Their president, Fred Kam, shows us a full security arsenal
3:09 The entry of the neighborhood that has a peaceful image is watched by …
3:13 camera. All these are financed by the Jewish community…
3:33 Our political people do not take risks
3:37 they are clearly on the Muslim side.
3:41 …on this matter.
3:45 There was antisemitism in my youth but when an incident…
3:49 happens, all society supported us.
3:53 and this is what Nina is displeased with. She does not accept that the Mayor of Malmö…
3:57 by saying, “the Jews should take distance from Israeli politics…”
4:01 …this would attenuate the anger of the antisemite aggressors.
4:05
4:09 Nina says goodbye to her friends.
4:13 “I will never come back to Malmö”…
4:21 The fact is, many Jews no longer feel safe in Europe.
4:25 They want to emigrate…
5:21 Today Europe shelters only…
5:25 1.5M Jews…
5:45 Everywhere in Europe …
5:49 the Jewish communities are shrinking…

Such are the Muslim-Jewish “tensions,” as an AP report last year called the situation in Malmo (”Muslim-Jewish tensions roil Swedish city“). Just as the same, one-sided Albanian-Serbian “tensions” have been over the past 13 years in Kosovo. (Except it’s been far gorier there.)

Interestingly, that 2010 AP article has the following sentence: “…7 percent of [Malmo’s] 285,000 people were born in the Middle East, according to city statistics, and it has large numbers of [Muslims] from the Balkans, including the Macedonian who heads the city’s largest mosque. [”Macedonian” in this case implies Albanian.]

And so the question about Malmo becomes: Giving a leaping benefit of the doubt to its large population of Balkan Muslims — by assuming that these particular Muslims are *not* part of the aggression against Jews — what are they doing to influence their co-religionists to be less hateful and dangerous toward Jews? Surely they must be speaking out on a daily basis against this violence in their own neighborhoods? Or else what was it that was of such great political consequence to Jews that they were told by commentators, world leaders and foremost by the Albanian lobby that their place was to support the Albanians in their “liberation” and territorial claims? (Not to mention that their place was to defend Bosnian Muslims.)