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Dear Eskimo, I have a cousin until a sun warms us both!
Written by Bardhyl BEJKO 24 Tetor 2020
In Albanian politics, media interference in politics is strong. First of all, opinion leaders and analysts are lined up in the front line, very close to the ranks of political coalitions, special parties, and you are obliged in many cases to hear stories with cousins, friends and relatives even during important visits of personalities who come to Albania. That there is an insistence to be envied to make you with uncle, uncle or brother someone who comes from far away or near when in reality you have none of them relatives. This way of communication and even more the insistence to present their opinion as an indisputable reality, has become a routine, normal attitude, almost after every visit that important personalities, statesmen, visit Albania. Years ago when George W Bush, President of the United States, visited Albania, a magnificent reception was reserved for him and he was surprised with the love shown wherever he stepped from Rinas, Tirana and Fushë Kruja, not a few were those who found his Albanian origin. Many of them insisted on telling us that he came as the President of America, but in the end he came as the man of Albanian origin. And this insistence of many individuals, many times personalities of letters or media even to special politicians to treat world figures, of Albanian origin shows the extreme subjectivism of some individuals who seek to orient us from strangers who are not credible the less argued and proven by indigenous documents. Especially since our country inherits from the past very little documentation to prove the roots of the natives, no more those who have left ten or more generations from our homeland, as evidenced without question, the emigration of Albanians who have settled in Calabria and elsewhere in neighboring Italy, Turkey and America or countries like Egypt, Lebanon, where they still live today our compatriots. Albania has always given and taken with other countries and in this context there have been Albanian emigrants who have left and settled in those countries. This is the story of emigration which took shape after 1990, when thousands of Albanians flocked to neighboring countries, almost all continents. This is a move, argued and recognized in our immigration policies. For special immigrants when they are prominent in those countries or when they are known as personalities who excel in various areas of life in those countries, Their history is known and appreciated by our nation as they with their figure do honor to this country and are the best medal they award to their homeland, Albania. When we talk about Albanians who have left their native lands in different generations and the evidence is indisputable that they are of Albanian blood, our pride is legitimate. Here it does not matter at all if they are cousins ??or distant tribe. In addition to the proven cases of being Albanian, personalities who are widely recognized internationally, as there is an inexplicable and almost frenetic insistence to make short connections to individuals who hold positions in different countries to label them as Albanians or as individuals who in our country have kinship ties with personalities or rulers and opposition. The latest persistence, is that of the evening after the end of the visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece in Albania to make connections that the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the neighboring country, Greece Dendias as a cousin of the Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama. If this were true there would be nothing wrong with that. The connections and interferences between people are so complicated and so confusing that many times even the historians and specialists in the field, anthropologists, archaeologists, DNA researchers and all the elements necessary to come to scientific conclusions that the person in question is a relative, cousin or nephew, brother or tribe, has blood ties with someone. To speak with conviction that Dendias is a cousin of Edi Rama, as a vuniote, to insist, is the same as me sitting down and writing a letter to an Eskimo living at the far pole and telling him: Dear Eskimo brother. I am writing to you, I am from the village of Sallata in Albania. I am writing to let you know what you did not learn from your ancestors that you originate from my village. Your ancestors many centuries ago, were close to the house of my ancestors. They grew up together, ate in a bakery. They cooked together. They even saved the cattle, there in the mountains near the village, where we were defeated and sometimes they won yours and many times mine. Dear Eskimo brother, I want to meet you here in Albania. Sorry I have not written to you before. Such have been my social circumstances and the state in which I have lived of later generations to put doubt on my back if you send letters or receive such from you. The time came and I found you. Now it's your turn to write to me and let me meet you, here or there in ice houses to taste the flesh of any seal from those you hunt during the long winter. I want to close this short letter with the words. Dear Eskimo, aren't we cousins ??until a sun warms me and you ?! Hugs! Convinced that you are cousins ??to my ancestors. Yes, since that population is under the jurisdiction of the state of Denmark and you do not have a foreign minister, I was forced to write the letter with the above content because you, my Eskimo cousin, are not a minister or any personality to visit us as a state to be able to say on television that you are my cousin. So I owe it to the first to remember you. The insistence on the televised debate table that Dendias is a cousin of the declared Edi Rama, we do not know for what reason without proving it with any document, reminds me of a debate around 1997 in an election campaign in my hometown. Gathered on a hill after the hall of culture was flattened by the devastation that occurred after 1990, one of the participants urged the delegate, the candidate for deputy, to talk about a person who in the first years after the liberation had been an employee of the State Security. in that area and as they show he was very strict and had made unmotivated arrests as they were done in those years simply with extreme imposition and subjectivism. The insisting citizen asked the candidate for deputy to talk about his connection with the former security guard whom, according to him, he had an uncle. The candidate gave some arguments that he did not know the former security in question, but the citizen did not make any concessions and insisted loudly, accompanying the words with hand and foot movements in anticipation of the candidate's assertion. And the candidate to end the quarrel addressed the interlocutors: Dear friends. I'm from that area. Yes, I do not know the person in question and for this I guarantee, my honesty and the word of the husband and if I do not tell the truth I will come before you and hand over the mandate as unworthy to be represented. Yes the insistence continued harsher than that of the television table. Therefore, the candidate found a solution that seemed more optimal. Since what I argued was not believed by the citizen, I am telling you that my mother does not have a brother and consequently I do not have an uncle. Yes as the controversy continues I am accepting to make my mother with brother and myself with an uncle. Thank you. Thus ended the debate which was accompanied by laughter and applause from the supporters of the candidate for deputy. This debate is not the same as that of cousin Dendias with Edi Rama. These are two personalities who sit and talk about the fate of the two countries and are obliged to act in accordance with the laws and traditions, bilateral agreements, patriotic and honest. To speak like politicians. Defend the policies of their country. To debate with facts and arguments also about the problems we have between the two countries and to fight to find the best solutions in mutual interest based on international laws, conventions and the sovereignty of the respective states. So trying to introduce cousins, Rama e Dendias, is really a worthless effort. Because even if they were really cousins ??from mom or dad, The Greek Foreign Minister will protect the interests of Greece and I do not believe in making any compromise of origin, although according to a photo of Bejlert he is originally from Himara, but Edi Rama will also defend the sovereignty and interests of Albania. So he is there at the head of the government. We strongly believe that the analyst does not insist on a political background. Nor did Rama talk to his cousin. Or will he make concessions to the guest because he has a cousin ?! We believe he talks more about curiosity. To disperse the nebula. To impress, however, that the two cousins ??will share what is not their property, much less that the one of Albania will give up the territorial integrity or interests of the homeland that he leads today in the name of the consecration of the first. Presentation as cousins ??of two personalities of two different states, Albania and Greece do not contain any reason to prejudge the bilateral talks as the language of foreign policy is not determined by the tribe, especially since the friend from Greece received almost the same answers from other interlocutors of our country, from incumbent Foreign Minister Cakaj to to the opposition leader, Lulzim Basha. At least in foreign policy, the Albanian political factor, there are very few differences. Therefore, the attempt to make cousins ??the two personalities who met days ago does not add any emotion to our citizens. All the more so when they make cousins ??with imagination, inadvertently, go-go or devil! from incumbent Foreign Minister Cakaj to opposition leader Lulzim Basha. At least in foreign policy, the Albanian political factor, there are very few differences. Therefore, the attempt to make cousins ??the two personalities who met days ago does not add any emotion to our citizens. All the more so when they make cousins ??with imagination, inadvertently, go-go or devil! from incumbent Foreign Minister Cakaj to opposition leader Lulzim Basha. At least in foreign policy, the Albanian political factor, there are very few differences. Therefore, the attempt to make cousins ??the two personalities who met days ago does not add any emotion to our citizens. All the more so when they make cousins ??with imagination, inadvertently, go-go or devil!