Final Word from Monday, February 9, 2015

Lubomír Zaorálek and Miloš Zeman traded barbs after Zeman's "super Holocaust" speech, but their comments in recent days show that they aren't so far apart on the question of fighting terrorism. Zaorálek wrote in Právo today that regime change was a failure in Iraq and Libya, and he advised against an invasion for taking on the Islamic State. We need to find new ways to use our power, he wrote. Zeman said in MFD on Sat. that some unilateral action, such as the invasion of Iraq, has justifiably been criticized in the past and that this could be avoided in the future by subjecting the terrorism issue to the veto of the U.N. Security Council. Zeman wants to be pro-Russian and sees that anti-terrorism can serve this purpose. Zaorálek wants to be pro-American but knows that anti-terrorism isn't the issue for doing this. So despite all their differences, it is opposition to U.S. military unilateralism that brings them together. [Czech Republic ISIS United Nations States president foreign minister]

Glossary of difficult words

to trade barbs - to exchange insults or deliberately hurtful remarks;

to take someone on - to be willing or ready to meet an adversary or an opponent.

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