The Warsaw Pact Invasion of Czechoslovakia

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The Warsaw Pact Invasion of Czechoslovakia

The world political conversation today is the state of affairs in the Ukraine with protester in recent months protesting for a more pro-western European influence of government. Since the Ukraine has been in an economic crisis in the last few years, the current President Viktor F. Yanukovich decided to take an aid package from the Russian’s. This acceptance of the Russian aid package infuriated many in the Ukraine and has stifled the government with impeachments and newly elected officials that the Russian government does not support. Now with Russians soldier on the outskirts of the Ukraine’s boarder undertaking practice exercises and ready to enter on a moment’s notice. The Russian’s are
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Antonin Novotny, the communist secretary allowed these changes to occur and with a new constitution that was adopted, that slowly allowed class war-fare to end and declared a new power structure of a people state than totalitarian state. Novotny at first relished on the idea of the state and used it as a device to discourage resistance to the party. October of 1967, Novotny urged the Soviets for assistance to help him to maintain his position. Novotny appealed to Moscow, but his cry’s was ignored to prevent the lessening his power. In December, Soviet Union leader Brezhnev made an unscheduled visit to Prague by request of Novotny. Brezhnev refused to intervene decisively on Novotny behalf, telling the latter “Eto vashe dyelo!” (This is your affair!) As Novotny was losing his position, a new uprising political figure Alexander Dubcek was flourishing. Dubcek was not well known in Moscow; since he grew up in the Soviet Union he was considered a good communist. In early 1968, Alexander Dubcek took over the position once held by Novotny. Dubcek assured the Soviet Union that Novotny was no longer in power. The Soviets and the Warsaw Pact countries started to get concerned when Czechoslovakia started talk with West Germany. Brezhnev was not impressed with Dubcek public address that introduced Czechoslovakia interest in Europe and advocated for socialism. Under demand of Brezhnev, new leadership was in order. The Soviet Union did not feel
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