Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Italy, Albania is Calling
reported by Breitbart London, Albania has asked for Italian military support to deal with the continuing flow of illegal aliens from North Africa and the Middle East into southern Europe. The Italian Interior Minister is set to sign an agreement next week to send Italian troops to Albania to help that country secure their border and, Rome hopes, to prevent the infiltration of Islamic terrorists into Europe. Obviously, one cannot help but take notice of this considering the history involved with Italian military personnel being deployed, once again, to Albania. It shows how reality often conflicts with idealistic talk. In the past, there was much bluster and denunciations about the notion that Albania was a "protectorate" of the Kingdom of Italy (and that long before the Italian occupation of Albania during the Fascist Era). However, if Albania is unable to enforce its own borders and requires, as is now the case, Italian forces to come in to "protect" Albania from these waves of illegal immigrants passing through the country, then surely Albania is declaring itself to be, de facto, an Italian "protectorate"? One cannot, after all, be "independent" and at the same time "depend" on another country for protection or secure borders. And, if Italy is going to extend this protection to Albania, to take responsibility for the security of Albanian borders, surely it is not unreasonable to expect that Italy should be given something in compensation? People of any era can denounce the idea of "imperialism" all they please but the fact is that it continues to occur and reoccur throughout history because reality intrudes on idealism and the facts of the situation result in the same sort of system coming back into being time and time again. We should simply be honest and not in denial about the facts of reality.