Memorial of Warriors of Peace
(In the memory of the President Rugova and Ambassador Holbrooke)
It was the year 1991 when I met for the first time Ibrahim Rugova, the chairman of LDK, and after that the President of Kosovo for many years.
I have made even a long interview with him who provoked envy to my friends which were journalists too and also a kind of hidden jealousy to the politicians that have known me. Many of them have tried to meet Rugova but that was not possible for them. He had not received them and they would wonder how the door of his residence in Tirana was opened for me and not for them, pretty personalities, were not accepted by him.
Rugova, with the characteristic scarf around his neck during the winter and also summer too, with that quiet view and with the soft sight and visionaries as Gandhi of India, he always spoke with a calm and deep voice like the echo of a wide and slow river flow that fills beyond its delta.
I remember what he said to me with a debonair voice:
“Balkans need a big support by democratic world to be free from the nightmares of the devil and to be civilized, it needs powerful distinguished politicians and diplomats lobbies like the famous, American President, Wilson!… Only the Americans and their friends will bring the western civilization in Albania and will set Kosovo free one day and also it will make it a legal state. We, Albanians, seems as we have forgotten the tradition of our ancients, because the devil of Balkans has caught us by the throat, the devil of Balkans don’t let us to go ahead without being pushed by the others. Never forget that, my friend. One day, Americans will give us the courage again, as the great Wilson did”…