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Um, Czech (Republic) and Chechnya are not the same thing.

Czech Republic Forced to Remind the Internet that Chechnya Is a Different Country After Boston Bombing

“War,” Ambrose Bierce said, “is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.” But despite all the lessons learned during the long-running War on Terror, Americans could probably use a little more instruction.[bold] The Czech Embassy issued a statement following the attacks to clarify that the two Boston bombing suspects actually traced their roots to Chechnya, not the Czech Republic, after waves of anti-Czech rhetoric swamped social media.[/bold]

Expletive-filled postings on Twitter and Facebook were common, along with milder comments such as “So the Boston bombers were 19-year-old Russians of Czech descent… Why lord?” and “The guys that bombed Boston were Czech. What is it 1980?”

So much vitriolic anti-Czech sentiment was aired online that one Tumblr user compiled a ‘shame list’ of erroneous hateful comments. And it was not only social media users getting confused; a former CIA agent commenting on the manhunt for CNN also got the two territories mixed up live on air.

Petr Gandalovič, the Czech Republic’s ambassador to the U.S., was naturally keen to clear up the confusion. “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,” he said in a statement.[bold] “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.”[/bold]

Embarrassed Twitter users have been quick to delete posts as their folly was uncovered. And spoof media site [bold]The Daily Currant even produced its own satirical report of a Fox News interview in which former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin insists that invading the Czech Republic is the only course of action open to the U.S.[/bold]

To clarify, [bold]Chechens are an ethnic group occupying a small territory in Russia’s North Caucasus region, [/bold]sandwiched between the Black and Caspian Seas and around 1,000 miles south of Moscow. The population of 1.2 million is overwhelmingly Muslim and three civil wars have been waged by separatist rebels over the past two decades. Chechen groups have also claimed responsibility for several terrorist attacks in Moscow in recent years.

[bold]The Czech Republic is one of two countries formed when Czechoslovakia split in 1993 — the other being Slovakia — and has been a member of the E.U. since 2004. [/bold]Formerly part of the Soviet bloc, Czechs are one of the least religious peoples in the world; the largest organized faith, Roman Catholicism, is followed by just 10% of the population. Chechnya and the Czech Republic are about 2,000 miles apart.

by Anonymousreply 1804/26/2013

Lord, as usual, the stupid Americans are the loudest, making the rest of us look bad.

by Anonymousreply 104/23/2013

I haven't seen or heard a single person say the Czech Republic regarding this.

Honestly, no one in America cares or thinks about the Czech Republic. Ever. No one anywhere thinks or cares about them

by Anonymousreply 204/23/2013

Silly Americans, here's the difference: the Czech Republic grows mighty fine basketball players, a good number of whom have played/are playing in the NBA.

Chechnya, not so much.

by Anonymousreply 304/23/2013

[quote]I haven't seen or heard a single person say the Czech Republic regarding this. Honestly, no one in America cares or thinks about the Czech Republic. Ever. No one anywhere thinks or cares about them.

Your grasp of logic is as impressing as the American grasp of geography.

by Anonymousreply 404/23/2013

"no one in America cares or thinks about the Czech Republic. Ever. No one anywhere thinks or cares about them."

You obviously don't know many DL porn queens then.

by Anonymousreply 504/23/2013

We have this kid our company who was hired in through a program specifically to help Iraq and Afghanistan veterans get jobs. He spent three years in Afghanistan. We have a large map of the world in one of our conference rooms. Not too long ago a few of us were in there for a meeting, and he said out of the blue "this is fucking hell on earth" while pointing to... Argentina.

It was actually confusing for a minute. We were not sure if he had made a bizarre error or if for some reason he really thought Argentina was a godforsaken hell-hole. Turns out he had no idea where Afghanistan was, and his reading is only marginal.

He's dumb as a rock. Cute, though.

by Anonymousreply 604/23/2013

I like geography a lot and I do know the difference between these two countries. But it's not that surprising that people might have difficulty when these countries are so often splitting up and morphing into something new.

by Anonymousreply 704/23/2013

Yes, that's true, R7. And it's also something Americans pay rapt attention to.

by Anonymousreply 804/23/2013

First I heard of people supposedly confusing the Czech Republic and Chechnya was when the Czech embassy released this statement.

by Anonymousreply 904/23/2013

Tumblr has more or less become the safe haven of social media for non-crazies and the politically liberal.

Oh, and porn enthusiasts.

by Anonymousreply 1004/23/2013

Prague, the most beautiful city in the world, is in the Czech Republic. So it's untrue to say no Americans think about it.

by Anonymousreply 1104/23/2013

Prague is nowhere near the most beautiful city in the world.

by Anonymousreply 1204/23/2013

Czechs make porn movies and can't hold their country together. Slavs are historically a very weak people. Look at Serbia, it lost it's country, as did Russia.

by Anonymousreply 1304/24/2013

r12, that ain't shit.

by Anonymousreply 1404/26/2013

more

by Anonymousreply 1504/26/2013

What do you expect? We're the same nation that kept posting FB statuses 2 weeks ago about how North Korea should have learned their lesson from what we did to them after Pearl Harbor.

I thought it was a joke but I heard this from more than one person. Geez!

by Anonymousreply 1604/26/2013

While they are different geographically, they are both astern Europeans and should be sealed away, behind an iron curtain of some sort.

by Anonymousreply 1704/26/2013

It's amazing how many people went to a satirical website, read an article claiming Sarah Palin called for the invasion of the Czech republic and are all up in arms about it. Who goes to a satirical website and then takes the articles seriously?

by Anonymousreply 1804/26/2013
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