Punishment is time in a gulag.
This past Christmas, the people of North Korea were without their messiah. That is, their self-anointed messiah.
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.
His crime: grandfather "fell out of favor with the elite."
"This is what happens with communism. It's a great concept. On paper it makes perfect sense."
Power is no sure guide to greatness. Or even survival. Quite the contrary. Tyrants can be powerful, yet the powerless can make them tremble.