On this date, 43 years ago, the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies invaded Czechoslovakia, putting down with its tanks what its own broken ideology could no longer extinguish–ideals of freedom of the press and personal liberty free from the oppressive weight of a totalitarian state.
Those ideals and dreams survived, and triumphed.
See The Trenchant Observer,
“August 20, 1969 — “Dubček, Svoboda!” (Personal Takes)”
August 20, 2010
The Trenchant Observer
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