Locking down Syria’s chemical weapons was a diplomatic triumph. Getting that lethal arsenal out of the hands of a dictator willing to use them was a very big deal. Of course, most of us never think about what happens next.
As a story by the Tribune Washington Bureau explains, the default option for the United States is asking Albania to take on another dirty job. Norway had been asked, and said, “no.” Albania is thinking about it. Turns out the country has taken on all sorts of unsavory tasks when no one else would bother. The U.S. has deposited foreign prisoners and dissidents in Albania that would not be housed in America, or sent home.
Now the job is destroying 1,300 tons of chemical agents and 1,300 tons of munitions to deliver the toxic weapons. Albania took all sorts of non-hazardous trash from European neighbors for decades. The country got out of that business, but destroying chemical weapons could be a lucrative assignment.
One can assume no country takes on this kind of nasty chore unless it is economically desperate enough to need the work. Albania is considered a friend of America, with ties that date back nearly a century. A friend is doing the world a favor.