Online Original: Commentary: Hard Lessons In Freedom For The Czechs

There was so much hope. During the crisp days of November, 1989, a million Czechs gathered on Prague's Wenceslas Square and rattled their keys -- shaking the Communist Party regime so hard that it toppled within weeks. As their "Velvet Revolution" unfolded, the citizens of then-Czechoslovakia grew intoxicated with the possibilities of freedom and believed in the future as they had never before dared. They dreamed of the wealth of the West, a return to the mainstream of European politics, and the liberty to get to know the neighbors who had been cut off from them for two generations.

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