I came across an impassioned speech given by Fan S. Noli in September of 1924. I was struck by how his words seemed to foreshadow the concept of the United Nations that was formed after WWII.
Known simply as “Fan Noli” by Albanians all over the world, he served as the Premier of Albania in 1924 and founded the Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese in America. Fan Noli was also an important poet and writer who translated the plays of Shakespeare and of other major writers into the Albanian language. To many, Fan Noli became a legend in his own lifetime.
Fan Noli enhanced the name of Albania in European diplomatic circles
Below is an excerpt from Fan Noli’s impassioned speech before the League of Nations on September 10, 1924, where he sought the assistance of the World Powers to come to the aid of the newly democratized Albania:
“We must teach our children that wholesale killing is as criminal as individual instances of killing. They must be taught that our tribal gods are the source of all the ills that have tormented humanity for centuries. They must be taught that there is but one true God that we ought to serve, the God of humanity, common to all tribes. They must be taught to become honest members of the Superstate which unites all tribes, noble citizens of the world federation which is on the way to being realized, which will surely be realized.
“When our children have learned these simple truths, then we shall not have the moral disarmament which has to precede material disarmament, but we shall also have the real cooperation of all the races of the world toward peace, progress and international prosperity.”