Albania is at least a nominally Muslim-majority nation with a functioning parliamentary democracy. And its prime minister Sali Berisha just described Iranâ€™s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the new Nazi.
â€œIran and its leader Ahmadinejad are the new Nazis,â€? he said, â€œand the world must learn from the Holocaust and stop them before it’s too late. The Holocaust taught the free world’s conscience not to let such a scenario repeat itself.â€? Plenty of Arabs would happily compare Ahmadinejad to a Nazi, but theyâ€™re a lot less likely to make a Holocaust reference while doing so.
Berisha also said Albania, which is a member of NATO, would assist in military strikes against Iranian nuclear weapons facilities.
I met him briefly in Tirana a few years ago at a conference and was stunned to discover heâ€™s as pro-Israel and he is pro-American. â€œIsrael will accept an independent Palestinian state,â€? he said. â€œBut Israel cannot accept the fundamentalists amongst Palestinians because their ideology is identical to that of the Nazis.â€?
I wish I could say the revolutions in the Arab world would lead to the same end point as Albaniaâ€™s anti-communist revolutionâ€”and Albania took quite a while to sort itself outâ€”but they will not. The Arab states will need at least one more revolution before they can possibly resemble Albania.
Originally posted at PJ Media.