Three years ago when the Czech voters were directly electing their president for the first time, I didn't know and none of us could have known that our interactions with the Muslims would grow into a major issue. Nevertheless, I had concluded that we have entered an epoch in which it's increasingly important for the leaders to use their own brains.
Candidate Miloš Zeman obviously differed from Václav Klaus, the second Czech president, in many ways. But he still shared some virtues so I voted for Zeman. Now, in early 2016, the Muslims in Europe are a hot issue and I think it's good that the voices of sanity can be heard from my homeland. Karel Schwarzenberg, the partly Austrian aristocrat who was defeated in the elections, has some other virtues but none of them would be too relevant these days.
Zeman is outspoken concerning Islam, the global media tend to mention his claims, and he is encouraging sensible discussions not just in Czechia but in other countries, too. And I think that he is also reducing the level of fear that people in some other Western countries may have when they try to influence the debate and policies towards immigration.
One week ago, Zeman said that it was practically impossible to integrate Muslim immigrants, as the experience with the ghettos in major Western European cities shows. Last month, we could have heard that the influx was an organized invasion and the Muslim Brotherhood was actually the main political entity that organizes this movement of nations in the background.
The European operetta army
The European Union finally started to understand something that the countries in our region have been saying for a long time – namely that a fix of the external EU or Schengen borders (or, much less ideally, the reintroduction of the internal border checks in Europe) is necessary to cure the growing problem. But the EU is thinking and acting very slowly and it is producing very small plans with their very small brains. So one of the ideas was to create an EU border police with 1,500 members.
"The Polish Blood" remains the most famous Czech operetta. The piece based on Pushkin's work "The Squire's Daughter", with Leo Stein's libretto, and composed by Oskar Nedbal was first introduced (and conducted by the composer) in Vienna in 1913 when it became the biggest event of the year.
Zeman has called this "operetta army" laughable. The number 1,500 actually makes this band look stronger than it would be: the EU apparatchiks want 1/2 of these 1,500 members to be female! Now, they're really making fun of us, the Europeans. A million immigrants arrive in a year, just the number of the human traffickers is some 30,000, and they want to greet them with 750 men and 750 women, probably to show how much we care about the gender quotas right before a new emerging Migration Period?
Zeman said that at least an army with 1,000 people from each EU nation – i.e. 28,000 men in total – could be a good starting point. And he suggested that NATO and not the EU should actually be involved in the protection of its borders. It makes a lot of sense to me.
The idiotic U.N. comic book
An NGO named "Meta" along with some U.N. refugee apparatchiks (UNHCR) began to spread a comic book for basic schools and high schools whose goal is to speed up the absorption of the immigrants. So they have also presented the Czech translation
Hello Czech Republic (PDF, comic, 60 pages)of the comic book produced by Oskar Ekman and (illustrator) Peter Bergting. In the comic book, originally called "We Shall Meet Again, Sanam" in Swedish (see English PDF), some young men somewhere in Afghanistan (or where it was) experience the evil of the war and don't have some of the basic needs. But they dream about being aircraft engineers and doing similar jobs, they travel, and so on. The comic book enumerates several countries in Europe that are as good for them as others, for some bizarre reasons (an attempt to obscure the fact that the migrants only want to live in Germany and perhaps Sweden), and at the end, the new European classroom and social workers enthusiastically welcome the immigrants.
Other stories spread by this NGO describe the arrival of a Kurdish girl, too.
Zeman has surely expressed the opinion of millions of Czech folks when he said that this comic book is idiotic, dangerous, and as naive as the Bolshevik propaganda. Zeman's already strong vocabulary may have been strengthened by the U.N. human rights apparatchik Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad of Jordan who had just attempted to criticize our president on Czech TV Prima.
One of the really bad additional stories spread by the NGO and the U.N. bureaus is one about a nuclear disaster that forces all 10+ million Czechs leave their homeland – an attempt to make the kids persuade that they're in the same situation as the Muslim migrants. Needless to say, this is just dishonest fearmongering which perhaps deserves to be called an anti-nuclear Luddite hysteria more than it is a pro-immigration Bolshevik propaganda. There is no way how a nuclear event could threaten the whole nation. Nuclear bombardment would kill the people more quickly than they could emigrate. And a once-in-a-million-years nuclear power plant glitch would cause a significant contamination in a 10-mile circle, not in the whole Czech Republic.
Thankfully, Zeman's opinions about this U.N. propaganda are shared across the government offices. Czech minister of education Ms Valachová has denounced the comic book as a material that "unnecessarily terrifies the children" and won't allow this comic book in the Czech schools.
Today, Zeman has articulated his interpretation of the Geneva conventions. Even when a war is taking place in a country, the asylum applicants are obliged to individually prove that in their old homeland, they are prosecuted for their political views.
And the immigrants who can't demonstrate such a thing should be deported – and the EU should ultimately start these massive deportations.
I agree with that. This is a condition that can't be circumvented by some observations about a war. A war simply can't be a "ticket" allowing all citizens in a given country to emigrate almost anywhere. After all, when it's a civil war of a sort, the citizens of the country are collectively responsible for that war – someone is heavily responsible, someone's responsibility is very tiny, but the average is responsible enough. In average, the people in that troubled country are as much culprits as they are victims and they need to prove that they are individually victims if they want any good treatment in another country.
I think that basically everyone in Czechia agrees with that "minimum requirement". After all, only 2% of the Czech citizens want immigrants from the wave to be accepted here. But I've noticed that in many other countries, even within the readership of this blog, there exists this opinion that all people in a country undergoing a war really should have the international right to migrate almost anywhere. This is just insane. Even if it were written in a convention, it would be an absolutely crazy rule that almost no country could withstand in the long run.
Wars have been taking place since the beginning of the human history – and, in fact, long before that moment. In most cases, they brought lots of misery to the whole nations that participated in the wars (or at least to overwhelming majorities of these nations).
But this misery hasn't ever given anyone right to start a wonderful new life elsewhere and it can't be so today, either. Compassion can't be infinite. Moreover, the countries that know how to avoid wars and preserve some safety and prosperity must be keeping the characteristics that make them special. And to allow the unlimited immigration from countries plagued by wars means to spread the spirit of the war and spread the problems. In a healthy world, exactly the opposite process should be taking place. The countries that work peacefully and prosperously should be able to extend their influence to other countries that didn't or don't work as well!