Reader Input: Iron Curtain can descend here

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Geary C. Tiffany’s juvenile attitude on Czechoslovak Socialist Republic political realities is amazing (“Czech Republic calling writer,” Reader Input, Nov. 20).

In 1968, our CBS Radio booth at the Mexico City Olympic Stadium was next to the Czechs’. When STB (secret police) keepers were away, the Czech broadcasters told me of Soviet troops devastating the Prague Spring Freedoms.

Soviet tanks mowed down Czechs in wholesale slaughter. A Soviet tank blew the whole top off a four-story building because two men appeared waving to the people.

I asked why such strong Soviet action.

“The Kremlin was fearful of the ideas of the Prague Spring infecting Soviet intelligentsia, already getting out of hand in early 1968.”

Those who once lived behind the Iron Curtain know exactly what is happening in the U.S.A., saying: “The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their president.”

Perhaps it is Mr. Tiffany who needs to go to the CSSR (sic) for a touch of Communist reality.

Dale Smith, Auburn