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Relocation of migrants: will Czech politicians say a clear Nein to Merkel?

The former Czech visiting chemistry postdoc Angela Merkel is visiting Prague tomorrow. The relationships between the countries remain very good and the cooperation just works in the economy etc. Moreover, the scars created by the dramatic history of the Sudetenland have been healed even more than ever before in recent years and months. The Czech political sphere finds it OK to send a friendly pro-German messenger to the Sudetenland Patriots Conventions, while this traditional organization of the Czechoslovak Germans has basically abandoned efforts to recapture the real estate in the Czech borderland.

However, the migrant issue has emerged as a new polarizing question and placed the two countries on the opposite poles of the European policymaking.

Postdoc Angela Merkel (4th from left) in front of the St Vitus Cathedral in Prague, 1982. From left: Kazyuki Tatumi, Rudolf Zahradník, Milena Zahradníková, her, Olga Turečková, Zdeněk Havlas. She was learning to cook Czech dumplings and was able to do basic communication in Czech.

Despite all the terror attacks, failure of efforts to employ the migrants, and other problems that are becoming increasingly more self-evident, most of Germans – and not just the strangely obsessed leaders of the largest European economy – arguably still believe that it's right to invite Muslims en masse and "yes we can". About 95% of the Czech public believes that we shouldn't admit large groups of migrants, not even temporary migrants from the battlefronts, and most Czechs would probably like to ban even the immigration of individual Muslims.

A majority of the mainstream politicians are basically "regular Czechs" to the extent that they naturally have the same opinions. Some politicians are forced to adopt the anti-migration attitude because the support for migration is simply politically incorrect, it's considered a form of treason, stupidity, and egotist assault on most Czechs. Czechs are carefully watching what's going on in the Islamization issue (plus the attacks and also "peaceful" annoying behavior of the Muslims) despite the fact that it avoids our homeland so far. In the 1930s, Czechoslovakia was living its happy, cultural, musical, free, and democratic life as well and could have made fun of Hitler etc. In 1938-1939, this period of freedom and democracy abruptly ended – Hitler's March 1939 threat that he would flatten Prague if President Hácha didn't surrender in hours was helpful in accelerating the transformation. Even though the times are different and Merkel is unlikely to bomb Prague, threats may still be dramatic and rationally thinking nations with significantly larger neighbors simply must realize that the neighbor may have some capacity to change the rules of the game against our will. I must admit that I believe that if Merkel threatened that if we don't accept 50,000 Muslims, Merkel will ban all Czech-German trade, the Czech politicians will almost certainly surrender. But is Merkel this close to Hitler, this destructive against both Czech and German companies?

President Zeman is already known as one of the most outspoken anti-Islamists in Europe and there are others who share very similar opinions although they don't want to be heard as clearly (I think that billionaire and very powerful finance minister Andrej Babiš has basically the same opinions, just prefers to be less loud). Prime minister Sobotka is trying to maximize the friendly relationships in Germany and is widely seen as a potential traitor. But he said that "we" didn't wish a strong Muslim presence yesterday – a statement that was often simplified (e.g. in Nigeria) to the claim that Muslims are not welcome to Czechia. So I guess that when Merkel and her comrades are reading these reports, they must think that he isn't obeying the orders from Germany too rigorously. ;-)

You may find a better Merkel's fifth column in a part of the opposition centrist TOP 09 party and among some greens and apolitical politicians – although TOP 09 is surely not unhinged enough to present opinions that would actually match Merkel's views. The Prague Café, an intellectual environment in Prague, is by definition politically correct and e.g. pro-Merkel. That means that the percentages of opponents of mass migration are surely lower in the (wealthier) Prague than in the rest of the nation. I would like to know more precise numbers. Be sure that you never become a part of a community that is too wealthy – your brain would be likely to decay rather quickly.

Sobotka is a professional career politician who never builds on any charisma (which would be hard for him), who knows how to build consensus, how to avoid insults, how to sit in between various well-defined political groups. He's obviously a typical person who is accused of saying different things to the Czech voters on one side and to Merkel and pals on the other side.

Will he articulate some of the tougher claims clearly tomorrow?

Meanwhile, Merkel's visit to Prague was already shortened and downgraded. It was originally expected to feature a meeting with the regular citizens as well as some (selected) students. Both events were cancelled. It seems that the organizers wouldn't be able to find sufficiently many Czech people who would be willing and able to ask any questions that Angela Merkel would find pleasant enough – but questions that wouldn't be considered ludicrous by most of the Czech nation. (Update: It seems that the meeting with the Czech Technical University in Prague-Dejvice was scheduled again? I would be interested in seeing it. She primarily wants to meet the intelligent robots in Dejvice and perhaps play soccer against the LEGO robots LOL.)

During Thursday, nine (probably small) rallies were approved in Prague. Most of them are by Merkel's foes, some of them are organized by her allies (one of the groups of supporters has collected millions to produce a $10 we-love-you-Angela heart). The Free Citizens Party (whose chairman Mach we successfully voted into the European Parliament) will also use mobile billboards saying "Frau Merkel, kein Diktat, sonst #czexit" (Ms Merkel, please no dictate, otherwise Czechout). Okamura and some pals (who called Merkel's visit "a political provocation") will organize a "Czech Octoberfest: Czech beer and German bratwursts team up to fight Islamization of Europe". They have also built a "merry barricade on the Palacký Square with caricatures they were sent from the citizens". Unfortunately, a vast majority of them was too vulgar so they won't be displayed and were moved directly to Okamura's archive. An image with her saying "Sorry, ich bin [a cu...nt diamond logo]" was polite enough and made it to the displayed exhibition. ;-)

President Zeman and the Senate's chairman Štěch want to urge Merkel to abolish the sanctions against Russia because they're harming Czech companies (Štěch additionally points out that the Czech investments to Russia have gone up and companies are partially compensating the exports in this way, so that's another reason why the sanctions don't work) and, as Zeman added, they are symbols of cluelessness.

Two weeks ago, around August 8th, some minor media have reported a scary theory that the German government is compensating the closure of the Balkan migrant route by importing whole airplanes of migrants by secret flights at night. The original claims in German appeared in Koop-Verlag and they were translated to English by TapNewsWire, Venitism, Gates of Vienna, and others, and to Czech by the Petr Hájek's CounterStream.

On August 8th in the morning (0:40-6:05 am), a dozen of chartered flights departing mostly from Turkey (also Greece and Morocco) landed at assorted German airports with "destination unknown" as well some German military airport. The theory is that these were originally tourist airplanes whose purpose was changed (also because tourism to Turkey etc. has decreased a lot) and that thousands of migrants – or invaders, if you wish – are directly pumped into Germany every day by air and distributed over the refugee centers.

Do you believe this theory?

I wouldn't believe that Germany's laws would allow such a secret operation threatening the existential interests of the nation and I do think that even Germany does recognize the concept of treason and the perpetrators of this scheme would be punished if the issue were brought to fair German courts by someone – a question is whether any German has the balls to be a plaintiff and whether there are any fair courts left in the country. If someone were helping Merkel to smuggle thousands of people by secret airplanes to Czechia, I know the names of many politicians and other people who would instantly sue the perpetrator.

So I am pretty curious what the visit is going to look like tomorrow. Merkel is a key co-mother of this whole mess. In the past, she has been shortly doing research in Czechia and must have been partly infected by the more pragmatic, less hypocritical Czech attitudes. She must have forgotten those things – and that she saw them as a relief. Because Václav Klaus is no longer the president, I am not quite sure that she will meet anyone who is powerful, fast-thinking, and persuasive enough to convince her to see the things that she should have seen for quite some time.

Just to be sure, I do realize that Merkel's government has proposed a ban on burqas and other things. But burqas are not really the core of the problem. There are not too many burqas on German strassen, after all. And if there are many people who have really depended on burqas for years, it's very unlikely that you would change their habits quickly without a significant backlash.

The problem can't be reduced to burqas. They are just one sign among hundreds that represent the gradual replacement of the German and European habits and political values by their imported Muslim counterparts. Some people only see the terror attacks, burqas, and the threat of a straight introduction of the Sharia Law. But just to be sure, these are far from the only reasons why most Czechs just don't want any significant presence of Islam in their (our) homeland.

We find pretty much unacceptable even the much more "peaceful" yet unfriendly acts of the Islam, even the "moderate" Islam. We don't want imams to tell us on the street or on TV that there's something wrong with us if we consider Islam a pile of medieval junk. We don't want burqini in swimming pools because of considerations of hygiene. We don't want the Czech children to be robbed of pork in the school canteen because some Muslim or pro-Muslim chefs or principals will start to claim that there is something wrong with proper lunches with pork. We don't want to have problems to transfer dogs in buses etc. just because the bus driver may turn out to be a Muslim and claim that dog isn't an ethical enough animal for him. We don't want to have classmates and potential partners who won't be allowed or willing to marry us because we are infidels. And so on, and so on. (I've used a list very similar to one that was offered by Martin Konvička on a TV show in 2015 – I only watched it yesterday.)

You may often hear the discussion whether there is a difference between Islam and radical Islam – is every Muslim a potential jihadist? Well, every Muslim who actually knows and follows the written rules of Islam is a jihadist, and those are the Muslims who matter, who define the undiluted flavor of Islam, and who basically control the Muslim communities. It seems impossible to find any characteristics of the Muslim terrorists that would distinguish them from generic Muslims. Some Muslims just decide to hear Allah at some point and murder some infidels en masse.

But again, if you guaranteed that there would be no terror attacks like that, Islam would still be unwelcome by most Czechs and this fact is both totally legitimate and completely understandable. Most of my compatriots simply don't want even the peaceful signs of the penetration of Islam to the public discourse or the "microaggressions" by Muslims (such as rape or the suggestion that every uncovered woman is a whore) if I use a notorious politically correct term. This kind of a discussion is becoming or has become a complete taboo in much of Germany. When a nutty principal bans pork for children in his school canteen, it is politically incorrect and basically risky for parents or others to even challenge the principal and point out that he is a nut job.

Germans have the right to organize the community in this constrained, unfree way. But just like in the 1930s, they shouldn't have the right to impose the same rules on their free neighbor.

Bonus: what 30 years change about the Czech-German-Turkish relationships

These days, it looks like the migration and religious issues dominate the relationship between these countries for decades. At 8 pm tonight, was refreshing to re-watch an episode called A Forex Story from the 1986 Czechoslovak criminal soap opera "A Small Pitaval from a Large City".

Three self-described Italians came to some expensive hotels in Prague – the Wenceslaus Square looked OK even shortly before the fall of communism. They offered a few thousand of Deutsch Marks for CSK 10 per mark to the waiters. The waiters knew that they would sell the marks for CSK 12 per mark quickly. This is cute.

Let's say that the market rate is in between these two "black" market rates, 11 CSK per DEM. One euro is defined as 1.95583 DEM so it should cost CSK 21.5. It's remarkably close to to the current exchange rate EUR/CZK=27 which artificially undervalues a crown. It's plausible that we would get close to 21.5 if the crown is really allowed to strengthen. So some things haven't changed too much.

At any rate, the three Italians perform a trick in the garage. The police is coming, they exchange some envelopes, and a poor waiter ends up with West German newspapers cut to pieces. A waiter tries to challenge them, they hit and kill him with a car. Police learns about the dead waiter at some point.

It seems strange: no Italians have entered Czechoslovakia in a German car (let alone a BMW 630 with a German plate – which was seen) for a year. This comment made me laugh. Some things have changed dramatically, indeed. I am sure that there are lots of Italians with German cars in Czechia these days. OK, the police asks some prostitutes and the cops are ultimately led to a highly self-confident experienced prostitute who did it with all the three Italians in her apartment. She observed that their Italian was lousy and they were speaking a different language to each other while having fun with her.

One of the investigators takes the prostitute to the headquarters of the Czechoslovak Radio (Public Radio, there was no non-public one at that time, you know). The prostitute is asked to listen to several recordings of sports reporters – in Italian, Spanish, two Belgian languages, Portuguese, and ultimately they want to play Greek or something like that but they make a mistake and also play some other language and she screams: That's it! You must be wrong, dear lady. I am not wrong, why should I be wrong? Because the language is Turkish.

OK, so something becomes clear that should have been clear for a long time. The Southern-looking men with a West German plate – who pretended to speak Italian and German – weren't Italians. They were Turks. They should have known that there were lots of Turks in West Germany already in 1986. The three Turks – who were fired from a construction worker job – are caught while crossing the Czechoslovak-WestGerman border. Now, the problem is to prove it was them.

A young investigator ultimately notices (two identical rubber bands as well as) that they had visited a hotel at the Konopiště Castle before they came to Prague. He asks the new client in the room – who is having sex with an unregistered woman – to push the trash bin out of the room. The young investigator finds the rest of the West German newspaper whose fragments were used as the fake banknotes for the waiters. A proof.

I actually think that this 1986 episode shows Prague that was rather integrated to the Western world and allowed the "free life" for foreigners and perhaps a sphere of the Czechoslovaks in the hotel industry etc. Also, I think that there was basically no propaganda in that sitcom. The forex episode may have been the most "ideologically sensitive one" but it wasn't bad at all. In particular, the cops didn't give a damn about some people's changing currencies and about the job of the prostitutes. Some of them were friends with one of the cops, and so on. It was really the murder they focused on. I feel more oppressed in the financial/tax transactions by Andrej Babiš today than the people were oppressed by the communist police in that episode! ;-)

Sadly, I think that some TV programs and newspaper articles contain much more propaganda than the 1986 Czechoslovak sitcom (from the era of communism). And Turkey was probably culturally much closer to Western Europe in 1986 than it is now. But (no longer just West) Germany is getting closer to the Muslim world so maybe the previous sentence isn't true, after all.

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