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Mladá fronta Dnes dedicated to the anniversary of September 11, 2001 (Saturday, I don’t mean to directly celebrate). In the opener, Milan Vodička recalled, among other things: It only took a while to see it… The Iraqi lie, the shattered and wildest Middle East in modern history, the Islamic State, the loss of moral superiority and credit… Now the flight from Afghanistan under the dictates of the Taliban. ”
It is not just about the United States, but about “arrogance showing that the West has understood nothing at all.” “World order no longer belongs only to the West,” because “the future was written in China” and “America did not notice.” And Tomáš Procházka writes that “the famous self-confidence of Americans… is clearly disappearing… Today’s America is weakened, internally divided, a kind of society-wide depression and escalating tensions prevail.” American political leaders in the last twenty years “only illustrated which you maintain a balance by doing the exact opposite of what you say… Legendary American democracy reaps the harsh directives it often inflicts on itself when artificially creating bizarre topics and controversial issues… Political, civic, but also ordinary human decency is seriously diminishing ”, and so “America is much more vulnerable today than it was before September 11, 2001.”
This leads me to wonder how, for example, protectorate papers like National Politics would have written if Hitler had won the war. However, Hitler did not win the war and today we have freedom of speech. In addition, we have choices. And the election campaign was flooded with capitulative reasoning about what all Americans had failed to do, while it is clear to us.
Of course, leaving Afghanistan was no triumph. But after Pearl Harbor came victory in World War II, after “Bay of Pigs” Khrushchev’s fiasco in the second Cuban crisis, and after the failure of politics détente, the collapse of the Russian Bolshevik Empire. And good allies are not recognizable by their howls in times of triumph, but – with all the criticism – also by their loyalty in difficult times. Czech politicians and Czech journalists don’t seem to know what it is.
Do we have it in our genes? The election campaign offers many opportunities to show tactfully that this is not true.
Source: Reflex.cz by www.reflex.cz.
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