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After The Decision History will show one day just how the decision made by the allied powers was correct and just. It is painful for us, but it is not the first pain this nation had to endure and it is not unreasonable for us to believe it will be our last. We now find ourselves on a crossroads. Of all the past circumstances, we have been taught a lesson on how things must not and should not be done. We must find ourselves a new road. We do not have to go far to find this new road. Four years ago, I presented to our president and to the government a memorandum and published the same last year in a book I named it: “Let’s build a new state”. To this day, nothing in this book has to be changed. Things need not have come to this pass had we the people and the courage to execute those projects. Through work, people of different nations come more easily to an understanding, in politics they never reach such an understanding. This can be attained if all of us believe that this is our desire and goal. At least we can be sure that we lack nothing, under the sun, to stop us from living in our diminished state, in a human and decent way. What must stop is the havoc in people’s heads, full of different ideologies, ready to teach other nations how to deal with politics, diplomacy, democracy, and those willing to force on others, their religious, racial or popular opinions. It is necessary to start building our state instead of worrying about politics. It is necessary to build democracy, a democracy that will choose people and not political parties. The state direction must undertake the way of careful friendliness with neighbor states and endeavor to


cooperate. It is a fantasy without any basis to think that we could become somebody’s guardian dog or fortifications against our neighbor. People will make fun for decades at the political romanticism that spent billions on armament and fortifications, on the advice of (friendly) powers to be forgotten at the moment of necessity. Today, we find ourselves in a situation, where we cannot be anybody’s enemy. There is no doubt that in time we shall correct our relations with our neighbors. Certainly the motive, that remains to this day in the international accords is no longer valid. It is possible to think that the actual decisions are peaceful ones. It will be important that we accept these peaceful decisions. Look upon our state today. Besides the people speaking one basic language, with one thought and one heart, there is nothing to maintain some kind of unity at this time. In the first place, there is no transport. This is the first problem that must be corrected in the first decades of our republic. However, besides the building of roads, highways, railways and waterways, other questions must be solved such as employment for the people who had to move from frontier territory and lost their jobs in the state service. It is, after all, quite clear that the diminished state cannot support such an enormous amount of office and department servitors. This problem cannot be solved by economic or accounting solutions. Such a solution would simply subvert our diminished state form. We must use this period of transition, building our ways of transport. We must divide this period in three year limits. Maybe this should need more time but I fear that in this, our present circumstance, we cannot


afford a larger term. We shall have to find the means to give continuity to this task. We must not be ashamed if people will say that we are imitating the Germans. What I’m writing here is nothing new. Many times, in the past years, have I repeated myself. No one wanted to hear me then. During work in the camps, where according to the law, all those living on welfare, shall be called to serve, there will be instructors and teachers, to teach in free hours , new professions to those interested and willing, so that, after their period of serving in the camps, they can find new jobs in different industrial fields. Our contribution to the consolidation of central Europe must be presented in such a light. We are no longer a democratic fortification against dictatorship. We must try to be a bridge for peace changes, a merchandise between east and west, north and south. We must build a canal like the Elba-Oder. All means of transport are for us today, of the greatest importance, now that our military interests no longer exist. Thus we are no longer dangerous to anyone and there is no reason for us not to seek direct cooperation. There is no need for us to hang our heads and we cannot keep our hands idle. On the contrary, our heads and our hands as well as our hearts, constricted by pain shall have to work hard, in order to pay in a few generations, the debts that our allies forced us to spend. Jan Antonin Bata


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