Reader feedback: Government, not opposition, hurting country

Re: Kubiš accuses SMK of waging campaign, Vol. 12 No. 35, Sept. 4-10

Mr [Slovak Foreign Minister Ján] Kubiš accused an opposition party of discrediting Slovakia, the government of Slovakia, and the political forces that support it. As far as the latter two accusations are concerned, that's what opposition parties do. So all that the second part of the accusation raises in me is doubt about the capabilities of this "senior" government official and questions as to whom he is trying to fool.

That's even more the case when it comes to the accusation of discrediting Slovakia. Isn't that exactly what this government itself is doing? How can the government of a European country, a EU member for crying out loud, not condemn the verbal and physical (!) attacks on one of its minorities, or do so only half-heartedly, after heavy international pressure from its neighbours, the EU, and the US Congress, and then be surprised that certain events in Slovakia are seen in a particularly bad light?

This is like a US government official accusing the NAACP of discrediting the US after a wave of Klan attacks on African-Americans causes an international uproar that is ignored or trivialized by the government!

Ado
Netherlands

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