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  •  For those of us who remember the cold war (6+ / 0-)

    this is very unsettling. I vividly remember the invasion of Czechoslovakia:

    The reforms, especially the decentralization of administrative authority, were not received well by the Soviets, who, after failed negotiations, sent thousands of Warsaw Pact troops and tanks to occupy the country. A large wave of emigration swept the nation. While there were many non-violent protests in the country, including several suicides by self-immolation (such as that of Jan Palach), there was no military resistance. Czechoslovakia remained controlled until 1989.
    I remember watching the story unfold on TV, and the sight of tanks lumbering into a country that is struggling to reform its leadership is not pleasant.

    I've been following the current story all night and it is very troubling.

    •  Where Jan Palach died is now a national memorial. (1+ / 0-)
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      Complete with Soviet tank.

      The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war. ♥ ♥ ♥ Forget Neo — The One is Minori Urakawa

      by lotlizard on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 06:38:35 AM PST

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      •  From your tag line, I gather you're (0+ / 0-)

        much closer to the site than those of us in the U.S.

        Thanks for sharing your insight.

        •  Home base is in Germany. I've been to Prague (2+ / 0-)
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          … several times, in connection with visiting friends in Dresden or taking part in a music workshop — a project choir and orchestra, made up of amateur and hobby singers and musicians, and organized by two Dutch professionals, a conductor and a singing coach — that is held in the Czech Republic every year.

          The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war. ♥ ♥ ♥ Forget Neo — The One is Minori Urakawa

          by lotlizard on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 09:04:58 AM PST

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          •  Thanks for your personal insight. It would be (1+ / 0-)
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            great to read a more indepth, personal viewpoint if you're up to writing a diary.

            I was a musician for 26 years. It is always good to talk to other people who have shared that passion.

            Please keep in contact.

            Best wishes

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