Below are parts of the statement that the NAAC issued on Tuesday in response to news of the foiled plot on Ft. Dix:

The National Albanian American Council (NAAC) strongly condemns the planned attack on Fort Dix Army Base by a group of people who reportedly plotted to attack the base, and we congratulate the law enforcement authorities for their swift apprehension of the conspirators, thereby preventing a possible tragedy.

If so, the above condemnation by Albanians of Albanian terrorism is highly uncharacteristic:

U.S. Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI) reassuring protesting Albanians in front of the White House that he will work hard to get accused Albanian terrorists in Montenegro released. (Courtesy

More from the press release:

While details are still being released, it was reported that these individuals, who plotted the attack on Fort Dix Army Base, included persons with “radical jihadist views” with national origins from Turkey, Jordan, and Macedonia.

The statement conveniently omits that one of the plotters came from Kosovo (Agron Abdullahu), the one who had been a sniper for the KLA and, coincidentally, who received Ft. Dix’s hospitality when this “refugee” arrived here in 1999.

“…as Albanians, we remain the most pro-American people in the world,” NAAC Executive Director Avni Mustafaj said in an official statement. “

In a forthcoming post, I will finally address all these accusations flying around that Albanians are “the most pro-American people in the world.” That will be a particularly important one, so stay tuned.

[Albania] even represented the only nation in Europe that saved 100 percent of its people of Jewish faith during World War II. Furthermore, we provided safe haven for all the Jews that fled the Holocaust to Albania.

It’s a catchy statistic, the manipulation of which is explained here: Jews are Still Islam’s Favorite Dupes. (Main point: The non Jew-hunting Italians occupied Albania. In Kosovo, the Albanian SS Skanderbeg division helped Nazis kill Serbs and Jews.)

We aspire to have Albania join NATO in the coming year and are working with the US and other democratic Western nations to establish an independent Kosova which will be a global role model for religious and ethnic tolerance.”

If that role model is a caliphate, absolutely. So far, we have decapitated monks, dead nuns, destroyed churches, and ethnic cleansing in “Kosova”, where there are more dead Serbs than living ones. But don’t try visiting the dead ones, or you’ll get hurt: Attack on Serbs Visiting Cemetery; Albanians Prevent Serbs from Visiting Cemetery

Back to the Albanian-American love story:

…this coming June President George W. Bush will be making an historic visit to Albania in support of Albania’s bid to join NATO.

Good. Maybe while he’s there he can find bin Laden. As I wrote recently, the month after we ended our 78-day bombardment of the Serbs, then Defense Secretary William Cohen had to cancel a trip to Albania, “to avoid a ‘hornets’ nest’ of Osama bin Laden operatives,” as CNN reported at the time:

U.S. officials have said that bin Laden’s organization is believed to be in the final stages of planning a terrorist attack against U.S. interests somewhere in the world. His operatives are known to have been active in Albania, a predominantly Muslim nation, as well as in Africa and other areas.

Back to the statement:

“We, as the people who gave the world their greatest symbol of peace, Mother Teresa, hope to continue her life’s work as a people and contribute to eliminating religious hatred from the world and promoting peaceful coexistence among all people,” added Mr. Mustafaj.

Indeed, Kosovo will be building a cathedral in Mother Teresa’s honor. But don’t tell Albania about it: Planned Mother Teresa statue irks Albania Muslims

Though the matter of building a Mother Teresa statue was ultimately settled in the lady’s favor, “Muslims in Albania’s northern city of Shkoder [opposed] plans to erect a statue to Mother Teresa,” saying it “would offend the feelings of Muslims” and that such acts “jeopardize tolerance.” Citing the recent vandalization of a cross on a nearby hilltop, representatives of the Charity Islamic Association, Islamic Intellectuals and Albanian Muslim Forum opposed the bust, which would be considered a provocation.

In one Shkoder bar, men “said they would prefer a monument to an Albanian fighter who blew himself up in order to avoid being captured by enemy Serbs, or even to two Ottoman-era pashas remembered fondly in Shkoder.”