Exactly 70 years ago, on January 27th, 1945, the worst extermination camp in the world history, Auschwitz, was liberated by the Red Army. Many politicians who came to that place have completely misunderstood the fact that the main official commemorative ceremonies actually don't take place in Poland but in Czechia – in Prague and Terezín, a smaller concentration camp – where they are organized by Moshe Kantor's ECJ (European Jewish Congress).
At the end, the two different ceremonies didn't overlap because they were remembering different events. In Czechia, people were remembering the war started by Nazi Germany and the liberation of the camp by the USSR. In Poland, they were recalling the Second World War according to Mr Yatsenyuk in which Russia invaded Germany and Auschwitz was liberated by Ukraine, troops from Lvov and Zhitomir.
The attendants were not overlapping, either. No top officials from Moscow were invited to Poland because Moscow didn't have anything to do with the liberation of Auschwitz according to the history favored by the Polish event. On the other side, the Czech events were attended e.g. by the Czech president Zeman, the Slovak president Kiska, and by Mr Yakunin, Zeman's friend and the boss of Russian railways who is on sanctions lists of some irrelevant countries (the U.S. and Australia).
Zeman has said "JeSuisJew". In fact, Zeman pointed out that he was one of the six million Jews who were killed during the Holocaust. If you appreciate that aside from a viral infection, he had also been dead for 70 years, you must agree that he exhibited a surprisingly good stability while visiting the Czech crown jewels. You understand why Zeman admires Winston Churchill so much, don't you? ;-)
The murderous clowns spreading the brand ISIS have urged their soulmates to launch new attacks against Europe. You could think that we are just accepting the hits and never respond.
However, fortunately, Europe has Zeman. ;-) So Zeman has called for an international military operation against ISIS.
According to the current boss of the Prague Castle, ISIS is now analogous to Nazi Germany of the early 1930s. The aggressiveness and ideologies are similar. These Islamist folks have to be stopped. Who should do the job? The job should be done at least by all the member states of the current United Nations Security Council.
This military operation may be needed to save the world from the supersymmetric Holocaust, or super-Holocaust for short, in which hundreds of millions of people may be murdered, he argued.
The territory of ISIS assuming that the world won't listen to Zeman. :-D
You may feel some irony in between the lines that your humble correspondent has written down. But my feelings are mixed and I mostly tend to agree with Zeman. I do think that ISIS – the simple idea to recreate as huge an Islamic empire as possible using the tools available in the early 21st century – is very simple, probably very catchy for many people of a certain kind, likely to grow, and underestimated by most others.
It is not hard to guess that such a proposal may be a bit controversial. How many people agree and disagree with Zeman's recommendation?
Well, the Czech minister of foreign affairs, a jerk named Mr Zaorálek, thinks that Zeman's words are nonsense. Zaorálek defends the widespread naive idea that it should be or it will be the other Muslims who will be most active in fighting against the Muslim radicals. This idea is silly, of course: all Muslims are extremely close to each other and the opinion that there is some huge, war-like tension between the radical and other Muslims, whatever the separation between them is supposed to be, just doesn't correspond to the reality.
However, you may be surprised to learn that the Czech minister of defense, Mr Stropnický (a TV actor doing politics for ANO/YES, the billionaire's party), actually agrees with Zeman and argues that ISIS is a problem that affects all the major U.N. members including Russia and China so all these countries should act together.
The big countries should send their soldiers; Czech politicians and generals may volunteer as the commanders during the raid. ;-)
His contribution may be wise or counterproductive but I think that it's good that in my homeland, such serious topics may be discussed and people are not immediately character assassinated and humiliated when they express an opinion that may be politically incorrect.
In September 2014, Bill O'Reilly (who is, at 193 cm, 1 cm taller than Zeman) recommended the U.S.-led coalition to hire mercenaries in order to flatten ISIS and fight jihadists accross the world. He was heavily criticized, mainly by the Left (e.g. by Stephen Colbert) but not only by the Left, even though his opponents didn't have real arguments, as far as I can say. Bill O'Reilly's viewers mostly agreed with him.
Some people say that it's unethical to hire mercenaries to kill others. Why? Perhaps because the other side may do it, too?
Independently of discussions about ISIS, I surely do agree with O'Reilly's comments about unconstructive critics who don't have any viable competing ideas. (That doesn't mean that I didn't find Colbert's show funny.)
My view is that killing is always ethically problematic. But which behavior of leaders of a country is more ethical? To send drafted boys or troops who could have had a safer job, or the hired guns? I think that it's much more ethical to send hired guns because the contract between the Western government and the mercenaries is consensual. In spite of all the emotional patriotic words that are often said in such situations, imposing the "duty to die for your country" on young innocent boys is much worse ethically, I think.
Moreover, I do think that it's likely to improve the world if money helps a side of the conflict to win. Why? Simply because I believe that the more peaceful, civilized, and constructive part of the world does have more money. I am sure that various leftists will disagree but they are wrong. One of the reasons why people in the West have more money is that they spend more time by figuring a way to earn money – which is "almost the same thing" as to do something that is useful for other people – instead of inventing ways how to hurt or kill others, whether it's because of personal egotist or religious reasons.
Maybe Bill O'Reilly and Zeman should meet somewhere, unite their plans, and complete the missing details so that the raid against the jihadists may start as soon as possible.
And this was only a semi-joke: I am mostly serious.