Monday, June 11, 2007

BIG IN ALBANIA: When Enver Hoxha is all you can scrape up, anyone looks good

In the world of American rock 'n' roll being sent to Japan used to be a sure morale builder. After coming off a major label record that sold poorly, US labels would often schedule a rock act for a series of dates in Japan.

This was because Japanese kids liked everything. They could be expected to reliably turn out in the thousands and shriek wildly for any number of rock music industry pariahs, no-names and has-beens.

So when your friendly neighborhood GlobalSecurity.Org Senior Fellow opened the Monday paper at lunch and saw George W. Bush being warmly embraced by a "crowd" in Albania, DD thought, "Albania must be the new Japan!"

Then reality replaced my funnybone and suspicion was aroused that Albania must be hosting some secret prison where we torture people for a couple billion a year under the table.

Albania, one of the few lumps of coal left in the President's coalition-of-the-toadies in Iraq, will triple its military commitment to 120 "elite commandos," informed the Times.

This is a good deal less enthusiastic, though, than the approximately 6500 Albanians who joined the Waffen SS in World War II, the Waffen SS also being known as an "elite" bunch.

Albania's leader, someone who is worth reward by not mentioning his name, called George W. Bush "the greatest and most distinguished guest we have ever had in all times," according to the Times, making him a good candidate for a bit part in any sequel to Borat.

Albania's contribution to the Waffen SS. Historically speaking, not such big believers in freedom.


Anonymous sam_m said...

Is this why the U.S. is calling for Kosovan independence??
Kosovo, divorced from Serbia will marry into Albania and become the Gitmo extension.

8:04 AM  

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