Jan Fischer, Head of Czech caretaker government, commits the Czech Republic to the US missile base system without having a political mandate

23. 10. 2009 / Karel Dolejší

The Czech Republic does not have an elected government at the moment. The general election will take place in the spring of 2010. Since the Czech government fell this spring, the country has been ruled by a non-elected caretaker government of Jan Fischer.

Today, 23rd October 2009, Jan Fischer has lost the moral right to represent the Czech Republic as Prime Minister, argues Karel Dolejší. He became the Prime Minister of the caretaker government after the fall of the previous government of Mirek Topolánek. Topolánek was deposed in the spring of 2009 primarily so that he could not push through two agreements dealing with the US missile defence which he had negotiated with the US government of George Bush in spite of the fact that two thirds of the Czech citizens are opposed to the project.

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Topolánek pushed this strategically important item onto his political idea using a fraud, perpetrated on the voters. Thus Topolánek had no mandate to conclude in the name of the Czech Republic important agreements with the USA which threaten the international balance of powers in Europe.

Fischer, who became Czech Prime Minister after Topolánek's fall, has even less of a mandate to take on questionable strategic obligations on behalf of the Czech Republic. Yet Fischer has now promised visiting US vice-president Joe Biden that the Czech Republic will take part in Obama's technologically updated version of the anti-missile system. This means that the caretaker Prime Minister has usurped powers which he does not hold.

The balance of power in Europe dependes on the mutual relationship between the USA and their allies on one side and Russia and its allies on the other side. The original Bush's project of the European anti-missile system provoked serious objections from the Russian Federation. Russian welcomed the scrapping of Bush's anti-missile project, but according to the latest statements by the Russian side Obama's new project "raises more questions than answers". Especially problematic is the high number of US warships and anti-missiles which arae to be stationed near the Russian borders in the next few years.

Until Russia is actively integrated into the anti-missile project in Europe, the new PRO project will be as destabilising as Bush's anti-missile system, or in fact, even more. What is more - in its final stage, the new anti-missile system is supposed to be able to destroy intercontinetal ballistic missiles. This potentially means a total danger to the Russian strategic arsenal about the lowering of which Obama and Medvedev are supposed to negotiate before the end of this year.

If the Americans for some reason feel unable to submit an acceptable offer to Moscow to become a part of the anti-missile system in Europe, this will probably mean that the Russian criticism of the new PRO system will be voice much more loudly and the Russians will 'begin planning appropriate counter-measures against the one-sided US steps taken in this area. For the Czech Republic, whose government without a mandate promises to cooperate on the building of the new American anti-missile system, this would mean that the country would become one of the possible targets of the Russian nuclear counter-strike.

No one has ever given Jan Fischer the right to expose his country to such risks. The Czech Republic, again, does not have a legitimate government. A group of usurpers is sitting in the Czech government. They are without a mandate. They have decided, out of sheer arrogance for their fellow citizens, to give promises to an alien power which mean participation in a highly controversial security project. These promises can easily make the Czech Republic a nuclear target.


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