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The Cold War was a scarier time than this
17 Apr 2017 EWR Online
Edward Lucas The Times, April 17, 2017

Compared with the USSR, Kim and Putin are far less of a match for a newly assertive America

In April 1989 I was scraping a living as a freelance journalist in Prague. It seemed a difficult, often frightening time. The tide of reform sweeping other parts of the Soviet empire had yet to soften the grim concrete contours of secret-police power in communist Czechoslovakia. A British diplomat warned me away, saying that I would “die of boredom”.

Life was not boring. I was harassed, threatened with expulsion, arrested and beaten up. As the country’s sole resident Western newspaperman I would have been lonely but for a few brave Czechs who befriended me.

In retrospect it was a golden age. Communism was only months from its demise. The West was riding high. The magnificent US embassy in Prague buzzed with activity, helping dissidents and…

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