The vast majority of Czechs don’t believe that powerful government and private groups always tell the truth about important events, and often intentionally mislead the public. This opens the door for alternative explanations and conspiracy theories. The most popular ones involve Area 51 and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. But even the old idea that the moon landing was a hoax is still supported by one-fifth of people.
Several reports in the Russian media indicate that the suspected terrorists arrested in Prague on April 6 were linked to al-Qaeda and part of a network for financing the Islamist insurgency in Russia’s North Caucasus region. The sources from the Russian special services cited also said that a Czech-registered human rights organization was instrumental in setting up the financial network.
Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg (TOP 09) is sending a letter of congratulations to the U.S. leadership on the assassination of al-Qaed leader Bin Laden in Pakistan on May 1. Prime Minister Petr Nečas has said that the death of the world’s most wanted man sends a clear message that mass murder will not go unpunished.