If not justice, Edmond Demiraj expected at least protection. Ten years ago, the U.S. government asked Demiraj to testify against Bill Bedini, an Albanian mobster living in Texas who was charged, among other things, with human trafficking.
Maybe Albania has reached its maximum foreign democratic development aid potential, if such a thing exists. And maybe foreign aid is no longer an award for progress but a "carrot" to prevent the country and its leaders from regressing.
James Baker arrived in Tirana on June 22, 1991. Unlike the usual military reception for visiting dignitaries, a few hundred irrepressible Albanians greeted him at the airport and escorted the convoy into town.
Justice delayed is justice denied. Accused Serb war criminal Gen. Ratko Mladic killed at least five times more civilians than Osama bin Laden was accused of doing, yet at times no one seemed in any hurry to find the "Butcher of Sarajevo."
In order to send a message that street protests do not equate with chaos, and legitimate expression is vital to a stable state, Albania's friends need to take time now to help set the country back on track.
The US, EU, and UN have looked the other way in the Albanian areas of the Balkans, allowing corrupt political and military leaders to have their way in hopes that these figures would promote "regional stability."