Vaclav Havel (1936-2011)

by Mike on December 20, 2011

in Culture,History,Politics,Tyranny

The free world lost a hero on Sunday when Vaclav Havel passed away at the age of 75.  After years of illegally fomenting opposition to Czechoslovakia’s Communist regime as a playwright during the 1970s, Havel became instrumental in the movement that eventually toppled the regime in 1989.  As a result of his leadership, he became the first democratically elected President of the Czech Republic.

News of Havel’s death hasn’t exactly been ignored in the last couple of days, but it hasn’t exactly garnered the spotlight it deserves either.  I suspect (and hope) that the relative quiet in regard to Havel’s death is due to the fact that North Korea’s Kim Jong Il died just a day earlier.  It is easy to see how the death of a Communist madman pursuing nuclear weapons in a world simultaneously engaged in a war against Islamic terrorism would attract more attention than a man who performed his heroics with plenty of time remaining in the twentieth century.

Nevertheless, Havel’s death should be receiving more attention even though we haven’t heard much from him in the last few years.  Havel reminds us that evil still exists in the world.  Remember, the tyrant who died only one day before Havel was only able to wield power because his father had the backing of the very Communist movement Havel valiantly opposed throughout the course of his life.  Havel also reminds us of the power of courage in standing up to the face of evil as well as the necessity of a culture strong enough to be receptive to the efforts of those who stare evil in the face.  Most people understand that message even if a certain overrated committee in Scandinavia no longer does (see last paragraph).

The world is a better place because of Vaclav Havel.  May he rest in peace.

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