Sunday, January 04, 2009

Czech EU presidency: Israel is defending itself

Israel defense force...

On Saturday, Mr Jiří František Potužník (George Francis Paw-tooh-zh-nick), the spokesman for the Czech prime minister, Mr Mirek Topolánek, the current boss of the rotating EU presidency, said an obvious fact about the current situation in the Middle East (see e.g. Deutsche Welle):
At the moment from our perspective we do understand that the action is part of the defensive action of Israel (...) we do understand that it is more defensive than offensive.
The Middle East issues became the first example of the theatrical character of the EU presidency. Of course that a smaller country can't change too many things in the EU even if it is a temporary president of the union and even if its opinions coincide with the official opinions of the world's only superpower.

The Czech politicians have clearly come under fire from the self-proclaimed exclusively politically correct European politicians who effectively sleep with the terrorists in Hamas. So it took a day and Mr Potužník was forced to apologize (AFP, Google News). Now, let me ask you: do you really think that Mr Potužník or Mr Topolánek have changed their opinion about this fundamental, basic question in 24 hours?

It's ludicrous, of course. What happened has clearly been a wave of intimidation and blackmailing from Paris, London, Berlin, and other cities. (Yes, the U.K. is against the right of Israel to defend itself.) Whether or not you agree with the Israeli strikes, the stories surrounding the Czech EU presidency show that democracy and freedom of thought in Europe is limited.

Is Mr Topolánek's opinion shared by all European politicians or citizens? It's surely not. But does the whole Europe denounce Israel? The answer is obviously No, too, even though some people would love to obscure this point.

Israel and Czechoslovakia: some history

Czechoslovakia was one of the main territories whose Jewish population was almost completely exterminated during the Nazi era. A fellow (former) Fellow in the Society of Fellows once visited me in Pilsen and took me into a place where I had never been before - a museum of holocaust (plus our synagogue, the third largest one in the world). I was shocked. 

Pilsen has contributed about 2,600 Jewish victims of the holocaust: virtually all of them had to die. The escalation of the anti-Jewish sentiments and policies (the disappearing Jewish right to own ski or talk to non-Jews etc.) during the 1930s was scary to follow because you can realize how easy it is for things to gradually drift in a very bad direction and how people today - or any other period of the history - have everything (bad) they need to evolve into the animals they became in the 1930s.

The Great Synagogue in Pilsen...

Clearly, the holocaust experience has strengthened the plans to recreate a Jewish state in Palestine in the late 1940s. It was a difficult and controversial engineering project meant to restore the status that existed 2,500 years ago or so - driven by the desire to transform the Jews into a generic nation with its own homeland, like everyone else - but I would claim that it has worked beautifully. 

Today, Israel is a prosperous, cultural, and democratic island inside the ocean of the 1st millenium religious bigotry and totalitarianism. Its mostly cultivated citizens are not responsible for any wrongdoings that took place in the late 1940s and their human rights and security deserve to be protected as much as those of German or French citizens. Of course, some hypothetical rights only matter if they can be enforced by someone - in this case by Israel's own power.

The existence of Israel used to be controversial but it should no longer be controversial today. The people who lived when the country was created are mostly dead today. The country has the same right to protect its integrity as any other civilized country in the broader Euro-Atlantic civilization space.

In the late 1940s, Czechoslovakia was naturally friendly towards Israel and it helped the country to overcome some of its first problems: that included arms shipments between 1947 and 1949. Regardless of the "capitalist" character of Israel, these policies were compatible with communism because our support for Israel was partly viewed as a part of our anti-Nazi attitudes.

It took quite some time - several decades - before the Czechoslovak communists began to treat Arafat and other terrorists as their "comrades". But this relationship was never too cordial, anyway. And Czechoslovakia has never become an enemy of Israel, after all. Clearly, after the collapse of communism, Czech and Slovak politicians did their best to fully restore our friendly relations with Israel and undo the relatively small harm caused by the previous support of the Arab socialist politicians.

Now, every Czech politician wants peace in the region - or at least everyone will tell you so. Most ordinary people don't care but whoever cares prefers human decisions. On the other hand, most people in the Czech Republic understand the actual dynamics of similar conflicts in the real world. If a country is not allowed to protect itself against an obvious enemy and/or if the allies leave it in its trouble, the country can cease to exist. It's as simple as that and we have quite some experience with this assertion.

So you know, a few Arab civilians who are killed on the broader Israeli territory are sad news. On the other hand, this sorrow is a sentiment that shouldn't obscure the long-term strategic thinking about the whole situation. If we began to be ambiguous about our support of Israel because we didn't like a particular strike, we could also see our ally to be inevitably defeated and replaced by a much less user-friendly system in a near future. And we could be very sorry about that.

Once again, let me repeat that I find it disgraceful for the French, German, British, and maybe even Italian officials to intimidate the Czech politicians who are now officially in charge of the EU, according to its own rules. These fags have the right to have sex with the officials in Hamas ;-) but they have no right to prevent the citizens of the EU to say something else about important questions such as the Palestine question than what they actually think, especially not during the Czech EU presidency. 

Most of us - including Mr Karel Schwarzenberg, the uniformly diplomatic aristocrat who is the Czech minister of foreign affairs - happen to agree with the U.S. politicians and not the French ones about this issue even though most of us want to avoid useless controversies, too. And unless the French and German officials want to reject the basic features of the European democratic space and merge the EU with the world of Islam, they should stop intimidating the Czechs and others. Instead, you should consider listening to and following your current leaders, the Czech Republic. 

Using all the languages of the Munich Treaty signatories: Merci, danke sehr, thank you, grazie. And that's the memo. ;-)

P.S.: Predictions for the future

While the Czech Republic will clearly be unable to promote the pro-Israel standpoint into an official EU policy, I am confident that the newly discovered diversity of the European opinions will be enough to give Israel a sufficient freedom to nearly solve these problems on its greater territory. Europe has been recently hurting Israel's potential to improve the situation, after all. Sometimes it's enough not to hurt someone.

You know, the situation over there is tough but it is not unsolvable, and a proper solution almost clearly requires a few splinters of wood to be cut. Israel has a sufficient technological and moral edge to suppress the problems on these territories and achieve what has been impossible since Clinton's and Bush's years, despite their politically correct attitudes that could never lead anywhere.

The Arab civilians say that they're afraid of their life, and so on. I will tell you something: that's what they should be doing, after all. Too many of them are a part of the problem. Many of them harbor the zealous terrorists whose existence is incompatible with a long-lived peace on the Israeli and Palestinian territory. The bulk of the most aggressive terrorists have to be killed, together with a couple of the civilians, to change their understanding what is possible or safe and what is not. Supporting Hamas militants can't be possible in a peaceful future and they must start to learn. Whether you like it or not, force is necessary for this lesson to be taught.

The confusing situation of the flipping U.S. presidents will surely give Israel an additional room to act. I am confident that they should kind of win after a few weeks and a full-fledged aggression of other Arab or Persian countries against Israel would eventually restore the status of the U.S. as an ally of Israel, so this counter-attack won't materialize.

Good luck to Israel and all of its Jewish, Arab, and other citizens who want the situation to converge into a stable, capitalist, democratic, not-religiously controlled state on the territory, naturally dominated by the Jewish nation. But the Czech Republic is going to help you by following the good soldier Švejk's example only. 

Click the picture of the French, EU, Czech foreign ministers to see a similar optimistic scenario by an Israeli professor.

I am personally convinced that the relative contribution of the Jewish nation to the modern civilization, including theoretical physics, vastly exceeds the ratio of the Israel's territory and the total land mass on Earth which is why I find it natural for Israel to be restored and stabilized within the borders of the Greater Israel we knew for a few decades.

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