Tonight begins the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah for 2009. BadEagle.com has noted this holiday many times in the past. We’ve noted, too, that it is the only major Jewish holiday which is not specifically enjoined in Torah. It commemorates a miracle said to have happened in 165 BCE, and apparently Jesus participated in the national tradition (John 10:22). We honor that national tradition, for Hanukkah celebrates the preservation of Jewish cultural identity, and all that entails.
The minora, lamp of the Hanukkah lights.
Nationhood, and its principal components, ethnicity, language, religion, and borders, is something BadEagle.com honors and seeks to understand. Recently, however, BadEagle.com was rebuked for perhaps some mistaken ideas when it comes to the nationhood of Albania. We have always supported Serbia and its obvious historical rights to it national heartland, Kosovo. We have faithfully exposed the fact that the “ethnic Albanian” invasion is strictly a Muslim aggression. We have spoken against this outrage from all sides.
However, in the most recent post, we wished not to mistakenly condemn the people of Albania, or the national historical identity. Some statements were made in our piece, Bill Clinton Honored by anti-Christian Albanian Muslims. I could even ad now that my knowledge of Albania is limited. I know that, during WWII, many Jews found a welcome refuge from the Nazis, in the mountains of Albania. And there is at least one famous author, Ismail Kadare, whom BadEagle.com has featured, particularly his works Broken April(1978) and The General of the Dead Army (1963).
In fact, it is distinctly Albanianism that causes Albanians to behave as they do. The usurpation, the supremacy, the irrationality, the historical and intellectual dishonesty, the Albanian blood code with its honor killings — and at least a dozen other qualities that Albanianism shares with Islam — have been in the Albanian culture since well before Islam introduced itself to this people as the next avenue to promote Albanianism. Now, imagine Albanianism compounded by Islam. Well, we don’t have to imagine.
Thus, Ms. Gorin gives no quarter to Albanian people in the matter of Kosovo (or any other matter). She does not distinguish between Albanians and Islam, nor hold Islam responsible for Albanian social behavior.
As for “fascinating” Albania, it was a key player in the Kosovo theft, without benefit of Islamic guidance — but always accepting its favors and benefits. Albania is as wily as Islam itself, and has always angled itself for the best possible position, devoid of any principles other than the promotion of Greater Albania. Albania accepted patronage from the Ottomans, then from Hitler, then from the Soviets, and now from us. Albanians’ Slav-killing never needed any additional fuel from their strategic adoption of Islam. But it certainly helped.
So you see, Albanians are incapable of forgetting their nationhood. They have never, and will never, forget who they are. And what they are is whatever you want them to be if you help promote Albanian supremacy.
This is quite ‘heavy,’ I must say. Again, BadEagle.com is not expert in all ethnic affairs, and that’s why we have a web site, and ninety some forums. We seek understanding and contribution from those who are more versed, more experienced, and more knowledgeable. I perceive a good deal of “will to power” in each of the Balkan ethnicities, I must say. I find Albania remote, mysterious, intriguing, and fascinating. But, this is a personal, psychological view, not an informed political view. I merely note that Western media has never noted the Muslim factor in the “ethnic Albanian” invasion of Serbia. I will here also note that Kadare’s Broken April, while about the very subject of honor killing, has not one mention of Islam. Also, the honor killing in the novel has nothing to do with a breech of religious belief or custom.
And so we continue with our quest for the true understanding and honor of nationalism. In the divine logistics of communication, it seemed meet that the human race should be divided. Thus saith the Torah (Genesis 11:1-9; Deuteronomy 32:7-9), and the Apostle Paul (Acts 17:24-27), quoting Deuteronomy. Even if nationhood is ‘plan B,’ even if ethnicity is a tactic in the employ of His service, do we not well to take note, and render the proper honor, and indeed praise? Whatever nationhood “causes” in the way of strife among human beings, the ranks of believers ought to have at least a basic understanding of the game plan. For this cause, BadEagle.com continues the quest. We truly thank every contributor for his wisdom, and her passion, and for the interest of all.
Thank you, Julia Gorin.