I am glad the Albanians rejected it, although I am not sure why they did. Aren’t they a “moderate” Muslim country?
They are 30 % Muslim, 30 % Christian and 40 $ Atheist, I think is the rough estimate. It is not like Arab nations where the Christians are legitimately scared of the Muslims majority and feel they have to go along out of fear - in Albania Christians and Atheists together definitely have their share of political and cultural influence. Some of the Albanian non Muslims do have a tendency to support jihadists such as the KLA due to a my nationality, right or wrong mentality, which sadly is common in that part of Europe.
But in this case, I think it is more of an issue of being fed up with Obama’s out of control attempts to exert his will over various nations of his choosing. I suspect most balkans nations would have reacted the exact same way.
One of the very very few that are, and here’s why: under the reign of that hell-spawned scum Enver Hoxha, dictator-for-life of Albania, both churches AND mosques were shuttered, prayers to God AND Allah were said at the risk of one’s life, and both Bibles and Qu’rans were burned.
The only time Communism wasn’t able to squash Islam was in Afghanistan, and then because the ruling elite didn’t use a mass draft and descent on them like AK-47-wielding locusts. In Albania they got just as much stomped on as Christians and there are more than a few fire-forged friendships.