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40 years of Russian tanks, tanks, tanks

August 21, 2008

Exactly 40 years ago to this day on 21st August 1968 the armies of the Warsaw pact with the Soviet Union in their helm invaded sovereign Czechoslovakia and mercilessly crushed the peaceful reorganization and cultural awakening of the local Communists. The sad storied (in Czech) history is told here.

My parents were there and had to endure the unspeakable humiliation at the hands of the Russian brutes from the Siberian steppes. Some photos published by the BBC might tell the story:


What emerges like a silver lining through the invasions of Hungary in 1956, Czechoslovakia in 1968, Afghanistan in 1979, Chechnya in the 1990s and now Georgia in 2008 is an especially paranoid and aggressive Russian mindset combined with a chronic inferiority complex and the need to show the world what Russia is worth. Following the disastrous 1990s Russia feels the need to flex muscles again.

I feel really sorry to the Georgians to have to go through what my parents had to endure. To have one’s country invaded, humiliated and torn to pieces is something I would not wish to anybody. Russia has shown its true colours once again: a merciless, insecure armed thug who bullies its neighbours. One might think that the US Mid Course Ballistic Defense X band radar being build in Czech and the interceptor missiles being built in Poland might be good for something after all.

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