Remembering Prague Spring
Aug-24-08 09:08 am
Alexander Dubcek in 1968
One of my earliest memories of international politics was the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. I remember watching the news in the morning before going to elementary school and seeing the Soviet tanks and hearing about the fate of Alexander Dubcek's experiment. In today's New York Times, Jiri Pehe, a former political adviser to Vaclav Havel, has an excellent op ed reminding us of the significance of the famous "Prague Spring" of 1968. Pehe notes:
Moreover, Pehe explains:
Very true. And perhaps the West-- and the new American Administration in particular-- will do well to recall that "Prague Spring" came from forces within Czechoslovakia.
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