Sunday, December 18, 2011

Vaclav Havel is dead

The man who symbolized Czechoslovakia's final years of resistance to Communism is dead.

But as the Associated Press notes, Vaclav Havel was so much more than that.
Vaclav Havel wove theater into revolution, leading the charge to peacefully bring down communism in a regime he ridiculed as "Absurdistan" and proving the power of the people to overcome totalitarian rule.
Shy and bookish, with a wispy mustache and unkempt hair, the dissident playwright was an unlikely hero of Czechoslovakia's 1989 "Velvet Revolution" after four decades of suffocating repression — and of the epic struggle that ended the wider Cold War.
The UKPA notes that the British foreign secretary has praised Havel for his humanitarian spirit. And in a short blog post, the Financial Times reminds us of the "moral" force he became in bringing political change to Czechoslovakia.

A sad day. A fine man.

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