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    • Alban
    • 18.06.12 | 13:31 (IDT)

    If Israel decides it will replace it in a heartbeat. The only reason Turkey has even a role there is because Italy chose not to, even-though 80% of the Albanians fluently speak Italian. Just like they left us in the times of Scanderbeg to fight the Otomans alone, so they were completely against NATO intervention in Kosovo. Israel was the only vocal silent but powerful player in the US Congress that argued for intervention along with US circles. So technically Israel here will displace not Turkey but the failed role that Italy should have had. Italy had an historic opportunity with an extremely friendly and almost integrated people and it chose Serbia. Turkey was just along the ride of taking whatever was left after the European Powers made a mess out of the Balkans and let Milosevic play the "religious act". As the author explains well(finally someone actually wrote about this), Islam in Albania is a trend that will not last. As Father Fan Noli said, no religion ever took root in a substantially Pagan people.

    from the article: Balkanizing Israel
    First published 03:48 18.06.12 | Last updated 03:48 18.06.12
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