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    Re: Albania is celebrating its 100th Year of Independence

    Lotta Muslims in Albania, aren't there?

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    Re: Albania is celebrating its 100th Year of Independence

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray410 View Post
    Lotta Muslims in Albania, aren't there?
    Steven Swartz wrote a good article about how Albanians allow every religion to worship in their country:

    Stephen Schwartz: How Albania's Religious Mix Offers an Example for the Rest of the World

    Here's an excerpt:

    It has been said often that small nations may produce great ideas. Albania and Kosovo suffer economically, and Albanians in neighboring countries are objects of discrimination, but they maintain their dignity. For their example of cooperation between believers in different faiths, and people of no religious affiliation, they deserve the congratulations of the world in the 100th year of their independence.
    Congratulation on 100 years of independence!
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    The systems that ensure freedom and liberty are breaking down and fundamentalism is growing. Nobody is righteous anymore.


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    Re: Albania is celebrating its 100th Year of Independence

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    I do not want to sound crass or anything or offensive. But awhile back there was a movie made here called Wag the Dog. Have you seen it and if you have what did you think about it?

    Basically it is a comedy about how a group of consultants for a less than perfect President try and deflect his romantic activities by creating a fake war against your country.

    If you don't like this post or don't want to comment thats fine.

    I just think its rather interesting that our country can make such movies without any blowback from the 'target" country. But it was a comedy
    Sorry for not responding until now. I tend to check the notification bar up there and my post was not quoted so...

    I think the movie is great. I think why there wasn't any blowback is that because the authors of the movie recognized that we would consider the idea bizzare and thus funny. Such a concept of attacking Albania from USA is not really a concern, a fragile anxious point after which a movie would cause us to cry out laud such as what Iran or North Korea does for instance. It was a good joke to choose Albania of all other countries in Europe as a target to hide a presidents hidden affairs.

    I also liked that it mentioned that James Belushi is an AA (in this case Albanian American). Also Kosova's city Gjakova is mentioned in the movie "the Hunted" with Tommy Lee Johnes and Benecio Del Toro. In the city Aaron loses it after seeing atrocities committed there.

    I think the more Albanians are mentioned along Americans the better. There should always be an Albanian in the backscreen somewhere in any movie in a friendly, supportive, or even secondary role in my opinion.

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    Re: Albania is celebrating its 100th Year of Independence

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray410 View Post
    Lotta Muslims in Albania, aren't there?
    No actually, the country has mixed religions of Catholic/Christianity, Muslims, and (mind you how I differentiate this point) orthodox Christianity (which is different from Catholic Christianity). This is so because for centuries Dardania was torn between Western Christian Roman Catholic and Eastern Byzantine Orthodox Christianity powers to its own demise. On top of that and on those premises was conquered after a severe battle to stop the Ottoman Empire from conquering Europe and thus spread Islam. It eventually fell only after a military genius named Skenderbeu died (and after 10 years after his death) caused the Ottoman Empire to bring in Islam to these parts, and ending the place with three religions.

    Kosova though is predominantly shallow Muslim. They in turn converted to Islam from Christianity since were abandoned from western powers to the ottoman empire that offered good benefits to converts such as not having to pay tax. It was a political move that now after its independence in 2008 the Islamic religious leaders are tearing their throats yelling in anger that support is falling for this religion (hence "shallow") since there is no more use for it.

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    Re: Albania is celebrating its 100th Year of Independence

    Quote Originally Posted by d0gbreath View Post
    Steven Swartz wrote a good article about how Albanians allow every religion to worship in their country:

    Stephen Schwartz: How Albania's Religious Mix Offers an Example for the Rest of the World

    Here's an excerpt:

    Congratulation on 100 years of independence!
    Thanks d0gbreath . It was a very tough course that cost us many lives and many losses of our territories ever since the Pellasgian times (i.e., antiquity) but perhaps the future will be more productive with Europe being more integrated and hopefully more cooperative with USA.

    I'm thinking that when the EU spreads all over the countries in Europe and it resembles its son across the ocean in USA, then perhaps the two could join and form an even greater empire?

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    Re: Albania is celebrating its 100th Year of Independence

    Quote Originally Posted by DDD View Post
    Thanks d0gbreath . It was a very tough course that cost us many lives and many losses of our territories ever since the Pellasgian times (i.e., antiquity) but perhaps the future will be more productive with Europe being more integrated and hopefully more cooperative with USA.

    I'm thinking that when the EU spreads all over the countries in Europe and it resembles its son across the ocean in USA, then perhaps the two could join and form an even greater empire?
    Yes. Let's make an empire so strong that we can end war for all time.
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    The systems that ensure freedom and liberty are breaking down and fundamentalism is growing. Nobody is righteous anymore.


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    Re: Albania is celebrating its 100th Year of Independence

    Quote Originally Posted by DDD View Post
    Sorry for not responding until now. I tend to check the notification bar up there and my post was not quoted so...

    I think the movie is great. I think why there wasn't any blowback is that because the authors of the movie recognized that we would consider the idea bizzare and thus funny. Such a concept of attacking Albania from USA is not really a concern, a fragile anxious point after which a movie would cause us to cry out laud such as what Iran or North Korea does for instance. It was a good joke to choose Albania of all other countries in Europe as a target to hide a presidents hidden affairs.

    I also liked that it mentioned that James Belushi is an AA (in this case Albanian American). Also Kosova's city Gjakova is mentioned in the movie "the Hunted" with Tommy Lee Johnes and Benecio Del Toro. In the city Aaron loses it after seeing atrocities committed there.

    I think the more Albanians are mentioned along Americans the better. There should always be an Albanian in the backscreen somewhere in any movie in a friendly, supportive, or even secondary role in my opinion.
    Thanks for the response. Having worked for the uS federal government, I have a particular understanding of how 'real" this movie is. I thought DiNiro was great.
    "Those who do not learn from history and condemned to relive it".

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    Re: Albania is celebrating its 100th Year of Independence

    Quote Originally Posted by d0gbreath View Post
    Yes. Let's make an empire so strong that we can end war for all time.
    But what would the EU-USA Empire be called though!?

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    Re: Albania is celebrating its 100th Year of Independence

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfman24 View Post
    Thanks for the response. Having worked for the uS federal government, I have a particular understanding of how 'real" this movie is. I thought DiNiro was great.
    You left a secure US Federal Government job during recession?

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    Re: Albania is celebrating its 100th Year of Independence

    Quote Originally Posted by DDD View Post
    But what would the EU-USA Empire be called though!?
    EASW

    European American States of the World.
    Quote Originally Posted by Northern Light View Post
    The systems that ensure freedom and liberty are breaking down and fundamentalism is growing. Nobody is righteous anymore.


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