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Albania Gives Bush A Hero’s Welcome
CBS ^ | 06/10/07 | staff

Posted on 06/10/2007 1:00:55 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen

US President George W. Bush, leaving behind thousands of anti-Bush protesters in Rome, got a hero's welcome in Albania on Sunday as he became the first American president to visit this tiny impoverished nation.

When Mr. Bush arrived on his brief stop in Tirana, the hills overlooking the capital boomed as military cannons fired a 21-gun salute to the president. Thousands of people gathered in the downtown square on a brilliantly sunny day to see the president and first lady Laura Bush

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: albania; albanian; albanianallies; albanians; allies; balkanization; balkans; bush; europe; friends; geopolitics; klaterrorists; kosovo; muslims; serbia; w
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1 posted on 06/10/2007 1:00:57 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen
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To: Kid Shelleen

Pics anyone?

Can’t seem to find many at the moment.


2 posted on 06/10/2007 1:02:09 PM PDT by UKrepublican
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To: UKrepublican

Watch for the thread: “A Day in the Life of President Bush” and there will be plenty of pictures.


3 posted on 06/10/2007 1:04:24 PM PDT by CyberAnt (What is it about "ILLEGAL" that people don't understand ..??)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Good for him. Let those other European communist bastards go to hell. Imagine what it must have been like to live in Albania, even today. Those people are decent enough to appreciate it when somebody does something to help them out. Three cheers for Albania.


4 posted on 06/10/2007 1:06:19 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (Some people are too stupid to be ashamed.)
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To: CyberAnt

Cheers.


5 posted on 06/10/2007 1:06:39 PM PDT by UKrepublican
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To: Kid Shelleen
He sure did get a warm welcome. Not very surprising; while he was in Kosovo, he also called for an independent, muslim Kosovo (which will be a second muslim state in Europe, if created).

According to most FReepers, this is a very bad idea.

See Bush Urges Independence for Kosovo posted earlier today.
6 posted on 06/10/2007 1:06:58 PM PDT by indcons (Linda and Hugo Chavez - same goals, different methods)
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To: Past Your Eyes

Did Albania send any troops to Iraq?
Send troops!


7 posted on 06/10/2007 1:15:34 PM PDT by BlackJack (Yogi Berra: " Sometimes you can observe a lot just by watching!")
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To: indcons
According to most FReepers, this is a very bad idea.

Actually, according to anyone with any sense at all - this is a TERRIBLE idea! God save Kosovo-Metohija (which is SERBIA!!)!

8 posted on 06/10/2007 1:15:44 PM PDT by blinachka (Vechnaya Pamyat Daddy... xoxo)
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To: BlackJack

Yes they did! They have troops in Afghanistan as well!


9 posted on 06/10/2007 1:17:17 PM PDT by DrDeb (IF STANDING FOR LIBERTY IN THE WORLD MAKES ME A DISSIDENT, I WEAR THAT TITLE WITH PRIDE. GWB -07)
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To: Kid Shelleen

I wonder what kind of reception Mr. Bush would get in Albania if he promised to send them 12 million Mexicans?


10 posted on 06/10/2007 1:18:21 PM PDT by gas0linealley (.good fences make good neighbors)
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To: Past Your Eyes
Let those other European communist bastards go to hell.

Albanians know what life under Communism was like, that's why they appreciate the US.

Seeing this gives me hope for North Korea and Cuba, once their Communist governments fall on the ashheap of history.

11 posted on 06/10/2007 1:18:30 PM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: UKrepublican

You will find photos of the President’s trip to Italy here:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1847935/posts

The Albanian photos will be posted either later tonight or tommorrow.


12 posted on 06/10/2007 1:20:08 PM PDT by DrDeb (IF STANDING FOR LIBERTY IN THE WORLD MAKES ME A DISSIDENT, I WEAR THAT TITLE WITH PRIDE. GWB -07)
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To: DrDeb

Whose side are these troops on considering that they are Muslim?


13 posted on 06/10/2007 1:20:25 PM PDT by 353FMG (Some say it's a melting pot, others liken it to a pressure cooker.)
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To: indcons

You mean the Paul/Buchanan apostles who now comprise a LOUD plurality of those who post on this forum?!


14 posted on 06/10/2007 1:27:05 PM PDT by DrDeb (IF STANDING FOR LIBERTY IN THE WORLD MAKES ME A DISSIDENT, I WEAR THAT TITLE WITH PRIDE. GWB -07)
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To: 353FMG

. . . ALL Muslims are bad, is that your point? Or is it that only White, Anglo-Saxon Protestants are good?!


15 posted on 06/10/2007 1:28:39 PM PDT by DrDeb (IF STANDING FOR LIBERTY IN THE WORLD MAKES ME A DISSIDENT, I WEAR THAT TITLE WITH PRIDE. GWB -07)
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To: DrDeb

No, I don’t think so. Some of these FReepers clearly know their E. European history and geography. I specifically invited comments and got intelligent and thoughtful answers in response.

I don’t see why I should discount these opinions; I don’t think a single response had anything to do with the Paul/Buchanan/Tancredo lobby, as alleged.


16 posted on 06/10/2007 1:33:06 PM PDT by indcons (Linda and Hugo Chavez - same goals, different methods)
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To: gas0linealley

This thread is being hijacked. Remain in your seats. We are returning to the airport.


17 posted on 06/10/2007 1:33:18 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Kid Shelleen

After Amnesty, CFR and the Euro-View on the War in Iraq the only place in the world Bush can go for a Hero’s Welcome is Albania.


18 posted on 06/10/2007 1:36:10 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: indcons

The following words of General MacKenzie are a bit terse, but maybe he knows of what he speaks.

Is there any limit to this man’s foolishness? What strategic interest does the US have in encouraging a narco-criminal Islamic state appearing in Western Europe? There surely are enough things stirred up in enough places without President Bush proving once again he belongs somewhere else far from any office of responsibility. Does he not see the irony in his support for open US borders and amnesty, and what has happened to Kosovo?

Since the NATO/UN intervention in 1999, Kosovo has become the crime capital of Europe. The sex slave trade is flourishing. The province has become an invaluable transit point for drugs en route to Europe and North America. Ironically, the majority of the drugs come from another state “liberated” by the West, Afghanistan. Members of the demobilized, but not eliminated, KLA are intimately involved in organized crime and the government. The UN police arrest a small percentage of those involved in criminal activities and turn them over to a judiciary with a revolving door that responds to bribes and coercion. The objective of the Albanians is to purge all non-Albanians, including the international community’s representatives, from Kosovo and ultimately link up with mother Albania thereby achieving the goal of “Greater Albania.” The campaign started with their attacks on Serbian security forces in the early 1990s and they were successful in turning Milosevic’s heavy-handed response into worldwide sympathy for their cause. There was no genocide as claimed by the West — the 100,000 allegedly buried in mass graves turned out to be around 2,000, of all ethnic origins, including those killed in combat during the war itself.

The Kosovo-Albanians have played us like a Stradivarius. We have subsidized and indirectly supported their violent campaign for an ethnically pure and independent Kosovo. We have never blamed them for being the perpetrators of the violence in the early ‘90s and we continue to portray them as the designated victim today in spite of evidence to the contrary. When they achieve independence with the help of our tax dollars combined with those of bin Laden and al-Qaeda, just consider the message of encouragement this sends to other terrorist-supported independence movements around the world.

-Maj-Gen. Lewis MacKenzie, now retired, commanded UN troops during the Bosnian civil war of 1992


19 posted on 06/10/2007 1:38:55 PM PDT by DJ Taylor (Once again our country is at war, and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.)
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To: DJ Taylor

Wow...that is powerful analysis by the general. Do you think Bush’s call for Kosovar independence has something to do with the recent saber rattling by Putin?


20 posted on 06/10/2007 1:42:59 PM PDT by indcons (Linda and Hugo Chavez - same goals, different methods)
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To: 1rudeboy

Shall we bask in the vicarious glory of our President’s Albanian welcome and forget about our own invaded land, while he reaches across the miles to rally his Arnoldian warriors?


21 posted on 06/10/2007 1:43:54 PM PDT by gas0linealley (.good fences make good neighbors)
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To: dfwgator

Ping...thought you might be interested in this post given your knowledge about this region.


22 posted on 06/10/2007 1:45:15 PM PDT by indcons (Linda and Hugo Chavez - same goals, different methods)
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To: gas0linealley

No, I’d rather stay focused. [hint]


23 posted on 06/10/2007 1:47:50 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: indcons

I would say the General is dead-on.


24 posted on 06/10/2007 1:56:29 PM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: indcons

Maj-Gen. Lewis MacKenzie is a Canadian protectionist ala Paul/Buchanan . . . He was also accused of some pretty unsavory behavior during his tenure in Bosnia . . . interesting.


25 posted on 06/10/2007 2:11:10 PM PDT by DrDeb (IF STANDING FOR LIBERTY IN THE WORLD MAKES ME A DISSIDENT, I WEAR THAT TITLE WITH PRIDE. GWB -07)
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To: DrDeb; longtermmemmory; dfwgator

Please point me to a link, if available.

On that other thread (see post #6), Several FReepers that I respect seem to think Kosovar independence is a very bad idea. The State Dept. influence that “longtermmemmory” points out and the ethnic tensions that “dfwgator” discusses (among other FReepers) seem to be excellent points.

Until somebody has evidence to the contrary, I’ll have to go with the overwhelming consensus that Kosovar independence is a bad, bad idea.

Just my opinion based on what I have learned today.


26 posted on 06/10/2007 2:25:41 PM PDT by indcons (Linda and Hugo Chavez - same goals, different methods)
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To: Capt. Tom; Atlantic Bridge; George W. Bush; Texas Federalist; Lukasz; neutronsgalore; reg45; ...

Ping to an interesting post #19


27 posted on 06/10/2007 2:30:24 PM PDT by indcons (Linda and Hugo Chavez - same goals, different methods)
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To: indcons
>>>>>Do you think Bush’s call for Kosovar independence has something to do with the recent saber rattling by Putin?<<<<<

American support to Islamofascist terrorists in Kosovo predates both G.W. Bush and Putin and has to be assessed in that context.

The plan can be traced back to 1948. No wonder that son of the CIA man in charge of Operation Fiend is W's envoy for Kosovo problem today.All in the family.

The story how Putin came to power is interesting. Boris Yeltsin, a drunken sailor was follower of U.S.-set policies. The majority of Russian people were happy that Cold War is over, and that America won. They loved everything American and hoped that American dream will come to their neighborhood anytime soon. All this changed overnight with Clinton's mauling of Serbia in 1999. The American actions were realisation of what Communist Propaganda cliches of what America supposedly is - imperialist, vile and criminal.

Russians forgot their love affair with America overnight. The bombing of Serbian civilian targets reminded them of Hitler's actions in Russia during WWII. And this is living memory in Russia. American 'free media' reminded them of Communist Propaganda and Hitler's propaganda. They got fed up. They woke up from their American dream into American reality.

The hardliners of former KGB sensed the opportunity. They did not have to make a coup to install one of their own -Putin came to power on the wave of public dissent with American actions.

Instead of drunken sailor Yeltsin, sly and competent Putin and his shadow aides came to power.

The American Cold war victory was squandered over Kosovo. The billions of research (shot down F-117a) ended in Chicom hands. And propaganda advantage of American tecnological invincibility was lost. On other flashpoints the American actions were not overlooked. India went nuclear in response.

And the question is, for what? For 4000 aq. mi. of landlocked swath of hellhole? It must be the most valuable piece of hell hole on the face of the Earth.

When W came to the office, Putin was already in power and Kosovo occupied by NATO was a mess already.

Since 2001, State Department did not change Clinton's policy of support to Islamofascist terrorists. Various National Guard outfits trained Albanian terrorists, even after it was found that they engage in terrorist activities.

The question in this case is not who, what, when, where, it is all documented, the question is - why?

The only logical explanation is that Kosovo is a fuse of large scale war, ready to be detonated in appropriate moment.

Everything else is illogical, immoral and outright evil.

28 posted on 06/10/2007 2:31:48 PM PDT by DTA
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To: Kid Shelleen
What Does Public International Law Have to Say About Kosovar Independence?
29 posted on 06/10/2007 2:35:22 PM PDT by mjp (Live & let live. I don't want to live in Mexico, Marxico, or Muslimico. Statism & high taxes suck.)
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To: UKrepublican
>>>>> Pics anyone? Can’t seem to find many at the moment.<<<<

I'd love to see the pics of USMC guarding W during a 'friendly visit". Perhaps this is not exactly the pics spinmeisters would like us to see and why the pics are few and far between.

Thanks God, W is out of Albania alive and well.

30 posted on 06/10/2007 2:43:30 PM PDT by DTA
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To: indcons
The Albanians. The most horrible backward violent radical and isolated people in all of Europe. And we help them to murder Christians and establish a Muslim narco-state. And they just tried to attack Fort Dix. I'm sure Bush will want to bring millions of them over here.

That was a great post. But many of us have opposed this for ten years. It's been the same all along. Previously, that was not too bad a region, even had electricity surpluses and some nice amenities in life. Now, they're lucky to have electricity a few hours a day after years of expert management by the U.N. lackeys who steal their aid money and run the sex rings.
31 posted on 06/10/2007 2:47:35 PM PDT by George W. Bush
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To: DTA

I’m afraid that’s about right.

The Albanians would be cheering even louder for clinton, who invaded Kosovo in the first place and handed it to the Albanian terrorists and drug smugglers, but regretably President Bush is following clinton’s policies right down the line.


32 posted on 06/10/2007 2:48:39 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero

Bush follows those policies because he and McCrazy both supported Xlinton to begin with. I know you’ve been here long enough to recall the anger here at FR over it, especially that we had troops under UN command, wearing that hateful blue helmet.


33 posted on 06/10/2007 3:07:40 PM PDT by George W. Bush
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To: DTA

President Bush couldn’t so much as walk down an american streets without extraordinary security.

I wouldn’t read much into it.


34 posted on 06/10/2007 3:19:27 PM PDT by UKrepublican
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To: DTA
I have read that Albanian elite division was disarmed for this special occasion. Such a distrust among allies?
35 posted on 06/10/2007 3:27:23 PM PDT by Lukasz
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To: UKrepublican

Right! Abuse the USA to defend the Albanians. Nice work, troll.

It is always fascinating to see you defend the indefensible (in this case, independence for a KLA terrorist state).


36 posted on 06/10/2007 3:30:13 PM PDT by indcons (Linda and Hugo Chavez - same goals, different methods)
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To: indcons

Actually idiot I’ve been a member here for quite a while.

And since when did I ‘abuse’ the USA?

Get a grip and get some facts before you make idiotic remarks.


37 posted on 06/10/2007 3:57:30 PM PDT by UKrepublican
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To: UKrepublican

Would that Mr. Bush were a hero to Americans, as well as Albanians.


38 posted on 06/10/2007 4:01:43 PM PDT by kilohertz
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To: Kid Shelleen

How nice for a change!


39 posted on 06/10/2007 4:04:29 PM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.)
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To: UKrepublican

Sounds like those Albinos were in the sun too long.


40 posted on 06/10/2007 4:26:33 PM PDT by Sig Sauer P220
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To: Kid Shelleen
Sing with me now!

(To the tune of "When the Saints go Marching In")

Albania!
Albania!
You border on the Adriatic
Your land is mostly mountainous
And your chief export is Chrome.

A Gold Star to the Freeper who knows where that golden oldie came from.

41 posted on 06/10/2007 5:18:39 PM PDT by Mygirlsmom (I practice Calorie Offset Trading. I eat a candy bar & pay my kid 10 bucks to run around the block)
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To: UKrepublican

Probably not. The media would be too busy taking pics of the protesters in Rome.


42 posted on 06/10/2007 5:21:08 PM PDT by beckysueb (Pray for our troops , America, and President Bush)
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To: gas0linealley

Can’t we have one thread where our president is actually getting credit for something, not be hijacked into an immigration Bushbashing thread?


43 posted on 06/10/2007 5:23:15 PM PDT by beckysueb (Pray for our troops , America, and President Bush)
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To: beckysueb

Could be worse, could be another Paris Hilton thread.


44 posted on 06/10/2007 5:27:57 PM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: dfwgator

Thats right! (slaps head)


45 posted on 06/10/2007 5:57:03 PM PDT by beckysueb (Pray for our troops , America, and President Bush)
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To: Mygirlsmom
Gold Star to the Freeper who knows where that golden oldie came from.

"Cheers"???

46 posted on 06/10/2007 5:57:39 PM PDT by Capt. Tom (Don't confuse the Bushies with the dumb Republicans - Capt. Tom)
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To: beckysueb

Exactly. It’s tiring to even come here anymore. What is up with you people?


47 posted on 06/10/2007 8:00:50 PM PDT by amutr22
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To: Capt. Tom
There are certain things that MGD and I can't say or think about without a movie / TV association. "Albania" is one of them.

You're correct, by the way :o)

48 posted on 06/10/2007 9:37:30 PM PDT by Mygirlsmom (I practice Calorie Offset Trading. I eat a candy bar & pay my kid 10 bucks to run around the block)
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To: amutr22

I think Bush bashing is the latest trend.


49 posted on 06/11/2007 12:08:42 AM PDT by beckysueb (Pray for our troops , America, and President Bush)
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To: beckysueb

Unfortunately that is the state of Free Republic these days civility and respect for your President no longer seems to exist amongst certain freepers.


50 posted on 06/11/2007 4:17:05 AM PDT by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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