Your editorial was a very nice story ("Looking away: Slovakia and the far-right", Editorial, by Tom Nicholson, April 29-May 5, Vol.8, No.16), but I bet you that your description of vandalism has happened more often on Canadian trains than on Slovak trains.
I have observed, many times in many families, that Slovak kids and teenagers are much more disciplined than Canadian kids or teenagers.
And how you know that: "confrontation is being avoided in Slovakia, where people tend to look away rather than into the eyes of ignorance." During my much longer stay in Slovakia than yours, I never observed any such thing. Confrontation in Slovakia, in the work place especially and in political discussions, is far more prevalent than in Western countries. I got into trouble many times by not observing this rule.
Regarding your statement that the Slovak media gave little coverage of charges against Roma journalist Denisa Havrľová, what coverage did The Slovak Spectator provide of cases of robbery of an American citizen and other criminal acts caused by the Roma and not reported by your paper?
And when you say there were no public protests against the vandalism of the Jewish cemetery in Košice, what kind of public protests do you want? Are there public protests when the perpetrators are not known in Western countries? Where and when have such public protests happened in similar and numerous situations?
Why do you see all criminal acts from the viewpoint of your question that: "what racial travesty has to happen in this country before its overwhelming majority of kind, sensitive and intelligent citizens band together to overwhelm the bigots?"
Why don't you wait until 'criminal' cases are sorted out from 'racial' cases by the courts? Your paper especially wants to portray everything in a racial mirror, without waiting for the real facts to emerge.
Your question "is the nation really so morally impoverished?" should be asked and answered first in many Western countries, before one can phrase it for Slovakia.
6. May 2002 at 0:00