That was the word in the pub last night. Typically mordant Czech humour of course:
Statement of the Ambassador of the Czech Republic on the Boston terrorist attack
19.04.2013 / 21:27
As many I was deeply shocked by the tragedy that occurred in Boston earlier this month. It was a stark reminder of the fact that any of us could be a victim of senseless violence anywhere at any moment.
As more information on the origin of the alleged perpetrators is coming to light, I am concerned to note in the social media a most unfortunate misunderstanding in this respect. The Czech Republic and Chechnya are two very different entities – the Czech Republic is a Central European country; Chechnya is a part of the Russian Federation.
As the President of the Czech Republic Miloš Zeman noted in his message to President Obama, the Czech Republic is an active and reliable partner of the United States in the fight against terrorism. We are determined to stand side by side with our allies in this respect, there is no doubt about that.
Ambassador of the Czech Republic
What makes it all the more spooky is that the town of West, where that fertiliser plant was, had a large Czech population.
I went on to explain that the way to actually get some money out of the Americans is to fight a war against them and lose. At which point several agreed that this was a very good idea. I didn\’t quite have the heart to tell them that, as Peter Sellers found out, it all falls apart if you actually win.