OP-ED/The questions we never ask

OP-ED/The questions we never ask
By Frrok Çupi

In the past few days, we have seen many things come out for which we that make us feel ashamed, starting with the sea that was “given away” and finishing with the ugly unethical scenes that we see in Parliament.

Let us go into more detail:

The issue of the maritime borders

It’s the second time that the “sea”, this issue that we share with Greece, emerges like a ghost. The first time, it emerged like a bloody ghost, while this time it emerges like a white dirty flag.

The first time, in November 1946, two British military ships violated Albania’s territorial sovereignty in the Corfu Channel. Several underwater mines exploded there and two British destroyers were destroyed, leading to the death of several soldiers. Although the Hague Tribunal admitted that Albania’s “territorial sovereignty” was violated, the tribunal blamed Albania. It looked as if we had placed mines against foreigners in order to kill soldiers who were sleeping.

Meanwhile, the second time is happening now. Based on an agreement that the current government seems to have made, Greece will extend its sovereignty by 12 miles at sea. 12 miles, this is what maritime sovereignty consists of everywhere, but between Albania and Greece there are parts where there’s not so much maritime space between the two countries. So, it means that the neighboring country will take territories that legally belong to us. Even in Kosovo, a country where the majority of the population is Albanian, neighbors want to seize territorial spaces according to the demarcation formula.

In both cases, this is encouraged by Europe. In our case, “if we don’t make concessions on the issue of the sea in the south”, then “negotiations with the EU cannot be opened”. In the case of Albanians in Kosovo, it is being said that movement in the Schengen area cannot be liberalized if Kosovo doesn’t sign the “demarcation” under EU terms.

What about us?

We stay here and beg for the negotiations to start or beg so that Kosovo is granted the free travel regime.

If our case regarding the sea is a right cause, then why should we exchange it with the EU-AL negotiations?

Are we interested to see our borders threatened in exchange of the EU accession? What’s more, the EU may no longer exist tomorrow…

Questions that need to be asked:

Up until today, none of us  has asked the question “what we have to gain as a nation if we are admitted in the EU?!” EU officials come here, insult us, promises that good things will happen for the country's integration “this fall” and then “next decade”, and after they get their reward, leave. Then, they leave one of their representatives here who continues to be rewarded.

What about the others?

The others, for instance, who are EU member countries… Hungary, part of a former empire, is raising lots of questions and is thinking of leaving the EU. It has closed its borders and it has started to implement policies which uphold its national sovereignty. Italy, which is an EU member, is heading to the 4 March elections with the promise that once elections are held, the country will leave the Eurozone. Great Britain was the first one to leave the EU. Finland is also expected to do it. Czech Republic wants to have stronger control over its borders, otherwise, it threatens to leave. In Sweden, an anti-emigration political force, in favor of sovereignty is expected to win the elections. In Germany, the extreme right wing has entered Bundestag for the first time.

They...

Those who are closer to the EU, dare to ask questions: “Why do we need the EU?” But we never ask questions. Never in our history have we asked any questions.

What about the shameful story of the drugs?

Now, we’re a country that produces drugs. The opposition says that we’re a “state of narcotics”, but, if we take this very seriously, we can ask a question: “Does the opposition play a role in all of this?” It is a real disgrace that a brave nation such as ours, produces drugs. But, are we the only ones who do this filthy thing? No; we do this along with the Europeans. How could we traffic several tons of drugs in European countries if we didn’t have collaborators in those countries? Especially in the EU? It’s impossible.

Now that we have drugs, the EU threatens us that we will not be admitted, but then it starts to behave all caring and loving with us because we have the drugs and they get rich through drugs, while we are humiliated.

Have we ever stopped and asked “Why?” Why should we knock on doors that cannot be opened or which do not exist? We knock on them without raising any question.

Note: The views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect IBNA’s editorial policy

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