Nová třicetiletá válka

NEW YORK – Je to region ničený náboženským bojem mezi soupeřícími tradicemi víry. Konflikt však probíhá i mezi radikály a umírněnci a přiživují ho sousední vládci snažící se bránit vlastní zájmy a zvyšovat svůj vliv. Konflikty se odehrávají uvnitř států i mezi nimi; občanské války už nelze odlišit od válek v zastoupení. Vlády často ztrácejí kontrolu nad menšími skupinami – milicemi a podobně – působícími uvnitř hranic i mimo ně. Ztráty životů jsou ničivé a miliony lidí zůstávají bez domova.

Mohl by to být popis dnešního Blízkého východu. Ve skutečnosti jde o líčení Evropy v první polovině sedmnáctého století.

Na Blízkém východě přišla změna v roce 2011 poté, co se pokořený tuniský prodavač ovoce na protest upálil; během několika týdnů byl region v plamenech. V Evropě sedmnáctého století se spouštěcím mechanismem tehdejšího válečného vzplanutí stalo náboženské povstání českých protestantských stavů proti katolickému habsburskému císaři Ferdinandovi II.

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