It’s been a busy and momentous week. As shoppers raced to make their final Christmas purchases, the world said a warm goodbye to Vaclav Havel, and a bitter good riddance to Kim Jong Il.
Vaclav Havel is dead. Among other forces and powers, he is among the seven individuals most responsible for peacefully ending the Cold War; the great liberators who brought freedom and democracy. They are Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II, Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin, Margaret Thatcher, Lech Walesa, and Havel.