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|Ukraine Has LOST, And So Have We; entered at 2022-06-13 05:27:21
Registered: 2021-11-26 Czechia
Here in Czechia, many if not all public buildings, including schools, offices and theaters, are flying the UKR flag. How much money did the state pay to purchase all those flags? Shouldn't our national flag fly at public buildings, not the flag of some other country? It's just another way the government shoves its policy in our face and down our throats. It is an act of propaganda, so that wherever you turn you are reminded about the war and see that your government has taken a side and is flaunting it. And I think it will be a big mistake. The Czech Defense Minister went to DC to offer to host US troops at bases in the country. Bad idea, just paints a target on our country. So does sending the T-72 tanks to UKR.
Right now there are probably at least 500,000 Ukrainians in Czechia. For a country with a population of around 10 million, that's a pretty big rapid increase. You can hear Ukrainian spoken a lot in public. I've seen mainly women and kids. Some of the teenage boys are pretty rowdy. And I suppose it's not PC to say it, but there's a lot of Roma (gypsies) among the newcomers. But there are some men, too -- there were 100-200K UKR men here before the war as migrant workers.
I don't know what the end game is, and I can't predict what'll happen in UKR. I've been following the analysis of Gonzalo Lira with interest, but I don't know if his predictions will come to pass. But, he does make a good point that Russia probably will not negotiate a cease fire or peace agreement. If Russia really succeeds in taking Donbas, Novorossia and making a "land bridge" all along the Black Sea coast to Odessa, I doubt they'll give it back. Land taken with the shedding of Russian blood like that, I think Russia will keep it. Which will isolate UKR into a land-locked "rump state" as Lira says. I have my doubts Russia would try to conquer the whole territory, including Kiev and the western part of UKR. But, we'll see how it goes.
If Russia does retain the territory it has gained, as I suspect they will, UKR will be forever changed and I wonder if the migrants who are in Czechia will go back. The Czech government gives them free phones, housing, health care, education, tickets for public transport, etc., which is a significant burden on the budget. About 40% of the migrants are said to have found jobs here. And it is possible they will make a positive contribution in various trades and professions. They are a fellow slavic country, so it's not like having mass migration from Africa. But they are different, and I'm sure criminal elements are in the mix. If they end up staying here long term, I hope they will be a net contributor to society. And, if they can't or don't want to return to UKR, it's possible many will try to migrate further West where benefits are better.