In the most recent edition, both your articles on the Beneš Decrees ["Dzurinda: Beneš debate 'dangerous'", by Tom Nicholson, March 25 - 31, Vol.8, No.11] and the editorial ["Fuzzy thinking and the survivor mentality"] were right on. Both illustrated, in different ways, the current world way of thinking called "blame someone else" and "take no responsibility". They go hand in hand.
Regarding the Beneš Decrees flap, it seems the Germans, Austrians and Hungarians (to a lesser extent) have completely forgotten that they started WW II, that they lost WW II, and that losers of wars pay the consequences, while winners set the rules and write the history. That's the way the world works.
Make no mistake, by definition, the citizens of the above-named countries were responsible for the actions of their governments, and many were made to pay the price of losing. Now they yelp that it wasn't fair - nonsense! Well, the world is not fair, but the 'law of consequences' says that people eventually get what they truly deserve. Think about it.
The editorial was one of the Spectator's best. For the first time in centuries, the Slovaks have an opportunity to create their own destiny. But the future must be built on truth. Past mistakes must be acknowledged, accepted, and the lessons learned, not forgotten. That's the price of freedom.
1. Apr 2002 at 0:00