EAGLES' COUNTRY: The Little Land They Are Fighting Over

The devil is not as wicked as people believe, and neither is an Albanian. —Albanian aphorism.

THE tiny nation that Russia and Red China are using to work off their ideological aggressions is tucked away in a remote corner of the Balkans. Its estimated 1,700,000 citizens have the hard choice of living in the malarial swamp-lands of the Adriatic coast or in mountain valleys cut off from everything except the sky by the 6,000-ft. peaks of the Dinaric Alps.

In their own obscure tongue, Albanians call their land Shqiperia (Eagles' Country). In the...

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