This article has been written for Albanian Free Press newspaper and www.albanianfreepress.al
By Frrok Çupi
The two largest political parties in the country are playing the so called “state” theater piece. Both of them have placed themselves as enemy states in front of each other and both have launched the “spying” game on the other state.
Each of them is very far from the “state” concept, however, they have entered this game. The model of current world conflict, even instinctively, has become like a wound in political behavior here. The behavior between DP and SP seem to me as if each of them have caught each other’s spy and wants to poison him.
The Socialist Party, which is completely in power, has just caught the mayor of Lezha, who had been run in the local government elections by the Democratic Party. He is spending his fourth night in the cell, accused of “abuse in the line of duty”, concerning the problem of lands in the north of Shengjin, somewhere in the Dalmatian coastline. Along with the mayor of Lezha, Frrokaj, the government ruled by the Socialist Party has also arrested another 23 “soldiers” who belong to the municipality which is led by the Democratic Party.
There’s a “dramatic” coincidence with the number “23” and the serious events which are taking place between Russia and Great Britain. When Russia suspected Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy living in Britain, of playing Britain’s game, poisoned him with a nerve agent produced during the Soviet period. Along with Skripal and his daughter, a number of other residents of the area where the crime took place, were poisoned. If a movie was made out of these events, the producers could put together the images of the tens of “suspects” in Lezha and the images of the poisoned area in Salisbury, Britain. But, number “23” of democrat employees who were arrested in Lezha, seems to have been part of a scheme that political parties here build in an attempt to copy states in conflict. Britain banned 23 Russian diplomats and the same thing was also done by Moscow: It will ban British diplomats within a week.
Of course, even if the leaders of the two parties confess on these similarities, they will say “there’s nothing similar here”, but the phenomenon has been shaped without being aware of it.
Who are the spies of the respective sides?
The democrats have caught former minister Saimir Tahiri. For four years, Tahiri was the most privileged government minister, ready to play Macbeth’s role. In his dream of becoming “king”, he projected the killing of two kings. Edi Rama and Ilir Meta–one of them a Prime Minister, the other one Parliamentary Speaker, were targeted by the young powerful minister, who was affected by drugs and who was courageous enough in undertaking any possible incentive. But, Italian authorities caught him while he was getting rich through the traffic of drugs and people and “beheaded” him. Now he must go to prison. But, the Prime Minister does not want to deliver him. The DP has taken upon itself to take the SP’s spy, Tahiri, as an asset for itself.
Socialists have just taken Municipality of Lezha to ransom and they do not give it up until the Democratic Party surrenders. The DP may soon surrender, because it has nothing else besides the Municipality of Lezha and the Municipality of Shkodra. The other municipalities were won by the left wing. Even the municipality of Pogradec, which was won by the Democratic Party, can no longer be considered as belonging to this party, because the chairman has been declared “incriminated”. This is where the DP’s epopee with the other state’s “spies” comes to an end.
The spy market remains open: Before “catching” the democrats of the Municipality of Lezha, the Socialist Party was obliged to deliver its “criminals” who were leading the municipalities of Elbasan, Kavaja, Kruja and Vlora. In Kavaja, they had a socialist chairman who was involved in many criminal activities and who even alarmed the US ambassador. However, they still have not delivered him. In Kruja there’s a mayor who is as incriminated as the former mayor of Kavaja, but he may run in the next elections too. In Vlora, there’s a mayor who is abusing with public funds and who is being arrogant in the city with the most “bad-tempered” people. In Elbasan there’s a mayor who may be involved in every sort of illicit activity taking place in that area.
When will this circle of spies come to an end?
This will happen. I don’t believe pessimists who say that “we don’t expect anything good to happen”. But, this may start from the “peak”. The peak was reached when the Socialist Party (in government) imprisoned the spies and the 23 “ambassadors” of the other state “DP”. This means that the moment has come. The Socialist Party made the mistake of capturing the other’s “spies”, when it had many times more of its own.
In the case of the war between Britain and Russia, the allies aligned in favor of solving the “catastrophe”, as observers are calling it. Between Russia and Britain, the case of Sergei Skripal, the former spy and former diplomat, acted as the “last drop in the glass”. In Tirana, everyone that we mentioned acts as a “Skripal” of his own, but in all likelihood, everything may start with Mr. QazimSejdini, the mayor of Elbasan. Sejdini is suspected of having knowledge or participating in international terrorism–according to the media. The attack on the State Police, where Sejdini is thought to be one of the protagonists, is believed to have happened to help ISIS soldiers installed in the country. The threat against Hebrews in a football match in Elbasan is also tied to Sejdini. Western experts of terrorism read Sejdini’s involvement in corruption as a mob like clan or pyramid which affects world security.
Here, the allies are positioned in front of the “spies”, but the allies cannot sacrifice global security for such crimes.
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