Mr. Namik Kopliku, Former member of Albanian Parliament, and Co-Chair of the Albanian Friendship Society with MEK wrote an article titled "Albania must stand on the right side of history". The article was published in Albanian website TEMA.
Namik Kopliku argues in the Albanian daily Tema that the Iranian regime has played a destructive role in the Middle East. Iran fuels violence, bloodshed, and chaos all across the Middle East. He criticizes the West’s policy of appeasement and rapprochement toward the Iranian regime that has enabled Tehran to unleash its terrorist in other countries. He believes in MeK as an alternative to the Iranian regime and writes a considerable number of the MEK’s members were relocated from Iraq to Albania as the result of an agreement between Washington and Tirana. “The Albanian people are proud to support the Iranian people and their resistance movement for freedom. They consider support for democracy in Iran as a duty and a move that will place the Albanian people and government on the right side of history.”
The full text of the article is as follow:
Albania must stand on the right side of history
By Namik Kopliku
The people of Albania experienced democracy after the toppling of dictatorship in their country. Presently, Albania is in the midst of efforts of joining the European Union to achieve economic growth and expansion of democracy. However, the Albanian people have proven in their history and culture that they do not stand by while other peoples suffer. As Martin Luther once said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Thereforeو we cannot ignore what is happening across the globe and the threats to justice and freedom elsewhere in the world. In recent years, Islamic fundamentalism and extremism have threatened world peace and security. For years, in Iraq, Yemen, Syria and Lebanon, millions have suffered directly from the effects of extremism, especially children.
In Syria alone, half a million innocent children, women and men have been brutally slaughtered, and millions more have been driven from their homes and taken refuge in other countries. With the support of Tehran, the regime of Bashar al-Assad has unleashed chemical weapons against the defenseless people of Syria.
The countries of Europe, including the Balkans, are not immune from the threats of extremism.
When Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, came to power in Iran, his regime revived the roots of extremism and fundamentalism, which had been rejected and forgotten by the people of the region. Violence and terrorism became the main weapons of extremism against democracy. The international community expresses concern over the influence and intervention of the Islamic Republic in other countries.
"The Iranian regime fuels violence, bloodshed, and chaos all across the Middle East," U.S. President Donald Trump said recently at a White House press conference. "No matter where you go in the Middle East, wherever there's a problem, Iran is right there."
The Trump administration is now at the helm of an international coalition against the meddling of the Iranian regime in other countries, its ballistic missile and nuclear ambitions and its cruel treatment of its own people. Several European and Middle East states have joined this coalition. As a country with a long history under dictatorship, Albania can play an important role in this coalition. Albania can play an important role in this coalition.
Tehran is spending billions of dollars out of the pockets of the Iranian people to support terrorist groups in Middle East, Latin America, Europe, etc. The mullahs ruling Iran export terrorism and instability in other countries in order to preserve their own rule. Many top Iranian officials, including supreme leader Ali Khamenei, have admitted that had it not been for their regime’s terrorist intervention in other countries, they would have been fighting for survival in the streets of Iran’s cities.
Maryam Rajavi, a Muslim woman who believes in tolerance, is currently at leading the largest and most prominent Iranian opposition coalition against the mullahs of Iran. In a 2007 speech, Rajavi stressed that the threat of Iran’s extremism and meddling in Iraq and other countries is by far more dangerous than its nuclear program. This statement comes despite the fact that Rajavi’s movement was the first party to reveal the Iranian regime’s illicit nuclear program in 2002, and has since been a reliable source of information about the regime’s nuclear and terrorist activities.
However, the West’s policy of appeasement and rapprochement toward the Iranian regime enabled Tehran to unleash its terrorist in other countries. The main component of the Iranian opposition is the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). A considerable number of the MEK’s members were relocated from Iraq to Albania as the result of an agreement between Washington and Tirana. The MEK enjoys great support from prominent political figures, religious leaders, jurists and military veterans across the world, especially in Europe and U.S.
John Bolton, National Security Advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump, Senator John McCain, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani are among some of political figures that have traveled to Albania to meet with MEK leadership.
In interviews with the Albanian media, many of these personalities have voiced their support for the MEK and Maryam Rajavi as the democratic alternative to the autocratic rule of the mullahs ruling Iran. In their interviews with Albanian media, Bolton, Giuliani, and many others have confirmed the MEK’s capacity for establishing a secular democracy in Iran.
The Albanian people are proud to support the Iranian people and their resistance movement for freedom. They consider support for democracy in Iran as a duty and a move that will place the Albanian people and government on the right side of history.
Co-Chair of the Albanian Friendship Society with MEK