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Letter to the Editor: Not Impressed by Mečiar

Dear Editor

The interview with Vladimír Mečiar ['Vladimír Mečiar: "1989 was beautiful",' be Daniel J. Stoll, Vol. 5 No. 45, Nov. 29 to Dec. 5] was a great parody of itself. Mr 'len on' ["Only him," a common Slovak nickname for Mečiar] thinks that we all are like the animals from the George Orwell book Animal Farm. Although I am too young to remember these things precisely, it still seems odd to hear Mečiar speak of the revolution and the joy he felt when "the leaders of the regional State Security stood behind me helpless." This begs the question, how did he know that these people were secret service agents? I would like to know what was in the secret service file on Mečiar, which has so mysteriously disappeared.
However, I do remember the years that came after and what Mečiar did to Slovakia and to all Slovaks, mainly young people like me who have to live with the consequences - debt, stolen factories, mafia, corruption, social extremism, xenophobia, fear of speaking out, EU and NATO exclusion, threatened democracy... What does this dangerous person have to say about this record?
Who is going to believe Mečiar's cheesy story? I really hope that someone will respond to this interview who remembers what it was like. Please balance the interview somehow, so those who don't remember anything will have some kind of explanation.

Zuzana Kmeťová
Slovakia

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