CZECH LEADER HASN'T WON OVER EXILES
PROF. LIBOR BROM
Vaclav Havel, president of the Czech Republic, is not a messianic political leader for the Czechs who were driven out of their homeland by the Nazis and communists. These exiles do not identify with his "moral" and political profile.
In fact, the participants in the Second National Resistance (against Nazism), the Third National Resistance (against communism), and the Fourth National Resistance (against the fraudulent "Velvet Revolution"), will not return to live in their country. Havel's regime in Czechoslovakia, made up of communists, ex-communists and fellow travelers, has not created an environment exiles can trust. Following are some facts that justify this distrust:
1. Havel's collaboration with the communists was such that, unlike genuine opponents of the former regime, he was able to travel abroad between imprisonments.
When Czechoslovakia was under merciless communist oppression, Havel even participated in a procommunist demonstration while in New York.
2. Havel's ongoing association with communists allowed him material advantages, Western recognition, an opportunity to build a political organization and a reputation as an anti-communist crusader.
3. Havel's alliance with communists in 1989 culminated in an agreement to start communist political reforms, to preserve communist interests and to stage the communist "Velvet Revolution" in Prague. Later it was the communist parliament that unanimously elected Havel president.
4. Havel's first ambassador to the United States was a fanatic Stalinist during Czechoslovakia's darkest days of communist tyranny -- the 1940s,'50s and '60s.
5. Havel's first minister of foreign affairs was a dedicated communist during the Stalinist rule in Czechoslovakia, a Western-based correspondent who supplied communist media with propaganda material. As foreign minister, he publicly displayed his disdain for Czech and Slovak exiles.
6. Havel's first minister of finance, later prime minister, held - the Communist Party line against exiles, compared them in a speech with Bolsheviks, and denied them the restitution for their confiscated property.
7. Havel's first parliament chairman, a Moscow-trained communist and subsequently general secretary of the Czechoslovak Communist Party, after the Soviet invasion was active in the communist diplomatic service abroad and returned to communist-dominated Czechoslovakia to continue his lifelong service in the party. After the "Velvet Revolution" he became head of the Committee for a New Czechoslovak Constitution that never materialized.
8. Havel's ambassador to Canada, a stalwart communist, was a member of the Central Committee of the Slovak Communist Party.
9. Havel's consistent protection of his communist cronies has kept them immune from indictment and punishment for even the worst atrocities that were committed, and has made it possible for them to launder funds stolen under the old regime. This has enabled communists to become legal owners of new "privatized" enterprises.
10. Havel's insistence that all Czech people share a "collective guilt" for the communist rule has in effect absolved the communists of any responsibility for their crimes. It also has aroused political skepticism in the population devastated by a half-century of Nazi and communist occupation.
11. Havel's reliance on old domestic structures and foreign secret societies, his avoidance of popular presidential elections and of personal contacts with anti-totalitarian national forces abroad, his inability to prevent the breakup of his constituency into more than 60 confusing political parties has caused the ultimate disintegration of the Czech Republic.
12. Havel's reluctance to identify himself with the 1,000-year-old -Czech spiritual heritage has isolated him from the anti-communist national core.
These are reasons why the great majority of Czechs in exile find Havel's character lacking and his incompetence intolerable, and believe he has proven himself unworthy to lead a free Czech Republic.
Prof. Dr. Ing. Libor Brom
(1923 - 2006)
Libor Brom was professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures and director of Russian Area Studies at the University of Denver.
He is the author of nine books and a great deal of studies in the field of Slavic culture and civilization.
In addition, he has lectured at numerous institutions of learning and before many civic and religious groups on education, literature, and international relations. He has appeared on three continents and often on radio and television.
A native Czechoslovakian, Dr. Brom was an American citizen. He received his education at the Czechoslovak Institute of Technology, School of Economics, the Charles University of Prague, School of law, the San Francisco State University, and the University of Colorado.
In Europe, Dr. Brom served as an economist and lawyer in International Business and as the chief planner in the research. development, and normalization of Czechoslovak river shipbuilding.
As a professor in the United States, he was selected by the Modern Language Association of America as the Teacher with Superlative Performance, named The American by Choice in Colorado, and received a National Americanism Medal.
In the College Book by the Ballantine Books of New York, 1984 he is named Denver University's best professor.
Dr. Brom served in the leadership of many national and international organizations and was imprisoned by both the Nazis and the Communists. He is listed in Who'S Who in America and Who's Who in the World.
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