Watching the recent uprising in Egypt and seeing how the army refused to use tanks on unarmed civilians is a sight I won't soon forget.
That was not the case back in '68 in Prague.
Who is to say how nations should remember acts of brutality?
It's not about having longer memories it's about learning to move on...43 years later.
Tomas is one of my favorite skaters and I personally have no problem with him skating in the country with perhaps the world's most repressive regime. Tomas has the right to skate wherever he pleases and in this case he broke no ISU rules.
If some of his countrymen feel differently that is their right. A right they bled and died for.
i am sure Tomas has more supporters than detractors but a liberal faction in the Czech Republic has every right express their feelings.
Sorry if you don't like it. Reading this board it is clear bad feelings remain between Korea and Japan, much of it over actions that occured more than 43 years ago.
Too much is being made over this but censoring free speech, and the right to protest will never be a viable solution for me.
To say that Tomas should get a pass because he was unaware of how his performance would be received is to make allowances for a (my) generation that is so political uninformed as to be disgusting. In a world of instant access to a wide breadth of information that would be Socrates giggle with enthusiasm and da Vinci's eyes go wide, ignorance is no excuse.
To say that the people who vilified him were right to do so in the manner they did reminds us that actual debate, in the day and age of anonymous internet posting, is about as prevalent as ice in the Sahara.
I'm sorry that Verner was attacked the way he was, but equally as disappointed that the debate progressed the way it did.