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Gen. Šedivý: Europe must arm itself

Europe must wake up and start to arm itself. Otherwise, the U.S. will start to focus on its main problem, and that is China, said Gen. Jiří Šedivý.

Europe must wake up and start to arm itself. Otherwise, the U.S. will start to focus on its main problem, and that is China, said General Jiří Šedivý.

General Šedivý also warns against more migration waves from Africa and European jihadists coming back from the Middle East.

According to Šedivý, the world is no more dangerous than in the era when he was serving as the Chief of General Staff (1998-2002); however, the world has changed. Russia is trying to get back to the position it once had during the Soviet era, but it is not strong enough.

The current danger is China, especially for the United States. Europe needs to talk about getting more state-of-the-art arms, not just spending money. Otherwise, the United States will deal with China and leave Europe to its own fate. According to Šedivý, controversies between the EU and the US in NATO are deepening.

President Trump is sometimes rude in his speeches, but according to the General, he cannot do anything else. It is understandable that Trump, for example, criticized Germany, which has clearly stated that it does not want to give 2 percent of GDP for arms, as being a bad example for others. Americans simply do not want to keep Europe safe and watch over it. In their view, Europe must take care of itself.

On the other hand, Europe has done a lot of work with its security while reducing the number of terrorist attacks. It is also necessary to deal with the jihadists who have been defeated by the military, but we do not know how many of them are left there and where they will return to. Europe must deal with this problem, not to repeat the mistake Afghanistan made after defeating the Taliban, who took the opportunity to gain its power back.

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