Albania stands strong with US

Sunday, March 27th, 2005 10:36 pm by Neal

Today’s Washington Times has this letter from Fatos Tarifa — the Albanian ambassador to the United States. He announces additional troops to the fight in Iraq; however, the real story is that fighters for freedom can count on those who have been oppressed and remember that freedom is earned with blood.

From a country with only 3.5 million people, the troops — the flower of Albania’s youth — represent the best Albania has to offer. Why does Albania do this when it could have avoided President Bush’s call for support, or when it could have dropped out as others have done when the going got tough? The answer is not difficult to find. If you believe in freedom, you believe in fighting for it. If you believe in fighting for freedom, you believe in America.
Unlike people in other countries in Europe and elsewhere, the Albanian people have not forgotten what it is like to live under tyranny and repression. The Albanians for more than 40 years were held in thrall by the repressive forces of the communists, living like prisoners without rights in their own country. It was to the United States that freedom-loving Albanians looked for inspiration during those dark years, and the Americans have not let us down.

This is well worth your time to read and contemplate.

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