Final Word from Thursday, May 5, 2011

Despite the obvious differences, Petr Hájek is in a sense the Czech Donald Trump.Both have perfected the art of attracting attention with their eccentric ideas, and bothare dismissed by rivals and the mainstream media as a joke. Some of their commentsare indeed confused or bizarre, yet an objective analysis shows that their views arein most cases legitimate. Why did it take Obama so long to release his long-formbirth certificate? Wasn't Osama indeed a sort of "media fiction" that replaced theSoviet Union as the bogeyman? Hájek never said bin Laden didn't exist, and thosewho impute this to him largely fall into two categories. Either they've been so brainwashedby the media and government propaganda that they aren't capable of rationalanalysis, or they are active, willing participants in the charade. One doesn't haveto like Trump or Hájek to learn something from them about how the world works.

Glossary of difficult words

Petr Hájek - deputy chief of staff to Václav Klaus;

eccentric - (of a person or his or her behavior) unconventional and slightly strange;

bogeyman - a person or thing that is widely regarded as an object of fear; an imaginary evil spirt, referred typically to frighten children;

to impute - to attribute; to represent something bad as being done, caused or possessed by someone;

charade - an absurd pretense intended to create a pleasant or respectable appearance.


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