Czechoslovakia

50 Years Ago: The Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, and its enduring significance

See “August 20, 1968 — “Dubček, Svoboda!” The Trenchant Observer, August 10, 2010. 50 years ago, the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies invaded…

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Heirs to Daladier and Chamberlain? The German and French appeasers of today should call off the “Munich II” peace negotiations with Vladimir Putin; Immediate harsh sanctions are required; Individual countries should send military contingents to the Ukraine to assist in “collective self-defense”




Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine continues; Europe refuses serious sanctions; Only serious sanctions can stop Russia

Developing For background, see The Trenchant Observer, “The virus of nationalism and military aggression: Adolf Hitler in Vienna, March, 1938; Vladimir Putin in Sevastopol, May…



Francois Hollande’s dinner diplomacy with Obama and Putin; France’s decision to proceed with the sale of warships to Russia to be based in the Crimea; NATO’s failure to increase forward-based troop deployments in the East

Francois Hollande’s Dinner Diplomacy and France’s Undercutting of the West For a droll account of French President Francois Hollande’s dinner plans Thursday evening in Paris,…


After Geneva: Putin’s double game, and what to do about it

(Developing—check back for updates) Geneva agreement delays further sanctions; Russian non-compliance and new conditions; tacit acceptance of Crimean annexation; 40,000 combat-ready troops on border continue…



UKRAINE: Russia military intervention underway in Crimea, in flagrant violation of international law

Developing Background “Ukraine: Russian military interventiom underway or likely, as Putin follows Hitler’s playbook in the Crimea,” The Trenchant Observer, February 27, 2014. “U.S. should…


Not indexed by Google: Trenchant Observer article with text of Security Council Resolution 2118; the unregulated power of a totalitarian instrument of thought control (updated November 27, 2013

One would think that a post containing the text of the first U.N. Security Council decision on Syria mandating anything—here, the destruction of chemical weapons—would…


Stop the killing: Stop al-Assad, Putin, and Kofi Annan’s peace plan—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #27 (April 21)

News Update See Alexandra Sandels, “Syria street protests met with force; On a day when U.N. monitors are missing, Syria government forces try to prevent…


Beyond Despair: Obama’s Debacle in Syria—Update #12 (March 16)

[developing] It is easier now to understand how the European Powers and the United States looked the other way as Hitler executed all his opponents…


The Syrian Question: Srebrenice Again?—Syria Update #3

“Would you sit down with someone who had just killed your wife and sister, to discuss rules which you should follow in the future in…


Syria — And the Shame of the World

(Developing) Bashar Al-Assad is pursuing the Libyan solution to civilian demonstrations–turn your tanks and your weapons on the demonstrators, and kill as many of them…