All NATO intended was to show off power. That’s why Americans had been training in the Baltics, so close to Russian borders and then going back to Vilseck, Germany in the kickass military vehicles on our shabby roads. It’s the new Cold War afterall and we gotta fight it the best we can.
It all went smoothly in the Baltics and Poland on the way home. Some meet and greets, some cheering, strenghtening the alliences.
But in Czech Republic, the situation seemed much more dire… the Communists never been quiet bunch and they seemed to have learned how to use the social media. Sure, they may be Kremlin paid trolls, but this is hybrid war and on the blogosphere, they are winning… at least so it seems. Because us decent people are too liberal to create a united front………. So the Pro-russians people had advantage here. How many ways of saying “Putin good, Ukrainians are Banderites and fascists who eat Russian babies” are there?
It seemed the “resistance” movement of the communists was strong. They were planning to “stop the convoy”. We are gonna lay down on the roads if needed, they boasted on social media. In that moment the pro-western people were stirred. Our country shall not be embarrassed… or jeopardize their security by appearing as a weak and unreliable ally. It started on the cyber front, when Lumpencafé had their fun trolling the former senator, the leader of the opposition to the convoy…. totally breaking down the movement. Paranoia and chaos were created.
And then………. the American convoy seen a cheering welcome. For us it was not merely about moving a military technology through the country. One of the slogans was “We waited 70 years”. We felt that it was definite end of the communist era and of all post-WWII wrongs. So Americans got warm welcome, crowds cheering along the roads and coming to meet and greets, with presents (beer, home-made cookies). They were surprised… and almost shocked.
It was our way of fighting, our way of trying to do our bit to secure our future, when we cannot count on our government, our president seems to be a Kremlinbot and times seem so fucking uncertain. So we throw ourselves on our ally, especially since the ally is good looking and has good car. Or Stryker. The upcoming times may not be good, but why not prove country’s worth, have fun and upset them commies at the same time? It felt almost like the days of Velvet Revolution. Nation coming together agains tthe common enemy.
We may not get a NATO military base any time soon… but we got some promised to be protected. And we all who came to greet the convoy might have played our part in obtaining that.
NATO couldn’t prepare this if they intended to. But we seen social society is not dead. And if the Strykers and Humvees and other vehicles did indeed damage our roads (Communists said they would… interestingly they had not such worries when they invited and kept here the Soviet occupants), it was fucking worth it.