Mr. V.T. spotted this article in Russia's Sputnik magazine online edition, and I thought it was worth passing along, for it seems that the Czech Republic has voted to give its citizens the right to keep and bear arms, and use them in the event of terrorist events, or, in short, has recognized its people's right to self-defense:
While one might quibble over the Czech law - and I strongly suspect that Sputnik is avoiding some specifics - such as is the law simply recognizing a right, or conferring a right? The distinction is crucial. But whether the one or the other, the result is the same: the Czech citizen now becomes the "first responder" to such incidents. And in a highly unusual irony if one calls the Sputnik of the Soviet era - I do... when I was growing up, some of my parents' friends in Sioux Falls actually subscribed to the English language edition of the then-hard-copy magazine. It was, in the height of the Cold War, admittedly an intriguing magazine to read, not the least for the heavy dollops of Communist propaganda ladled out in every issue - the article seems to view this development with mild approval:
Although Western European countries such as France, Belgium, Germany and the UK have suffered several terrorist attacks in recent years, the Czech Republic has not seen any attacks. The Global Peace Index 2016 ranked the country the sixth safest in the world.
However, I suspect there is something else going on and the article focuses in on this like a laser beam: the real motivation is the growing power of the EU and its increasingly suicidal policies:
The EU directive, which was drawn up by the Commission in the aftermath of terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, was adopted by the EU Council in April. It includes a ban on civilian use of short semi-automatic firearms with loading devices over 20 rounds and long semi-automatic firearms with loading devices over 10 rounds, as well as long firearms that can be easily concealed, for example by means of a folding or telescopic stock.
The directive was criticized by politicians, gun owners and hunters in the Czech Republic, who argue the directive is an infringement of national sovereignty and their right to bear arms.
As well as the constitutional amendment, which still has to be approved by the Senate and the President, the Czech government has also said it will file a complaint with the European Court of Justice about the directive by August 17.
In other words, the Czech amendment is part and parcel of a wider, and growing, opposition to the EU's immigration policies, which the Czechs are answering their own way, Hungary yet another, and Poland yet another. But in each case, the unifying factor is opposition to
Frau Merkel's uhm... I mean, the EU's policies. The one size-fits-all policies coming out of Berlin... er... Brussels are simply impractical, and this was, and its, and will remain,the central problem of the EU, and its regulatory, rather than republican, structure.
And central to that problem is, of course, the central bank - welfare-warfare model, which puts the recent news of the arrest of Cardinal Pell into a new light.
The bottom line? For Europeans, the USA is increasingly an unstable ally. For Britons, the EU is a mess, an infringement on British sovereignty, but the USA is also increasingly unstable. For America, Europe is a self-destructing suicidal mess (Thank you, Stockholm and Berlin), but is following many of the same policies. The bottom line is that the whole West is increasingly unstable, in my opinion largely because its leadership class has no more common cultural vision, and the Czechs are seeing the problem. At the heart of it is a hypocrisy: the USA lectures Russia about its alleged hacking and interference with American elections, while America's record on the internal interference with other countries is anything but stellar (think Iran, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Brazil, Argentina, the Ukraine... even Australia). And that's the problem with empires: their "interests" know no limits.
See you on the flip side...