Earlier today, Bruce reported that one of the truly great liberators, a voice of moral clarity on a confused continent, passed.
Just moments ago, on Facebook, Glenn Reynolds reported that on the other side of the Eurasian landmass, a man who was very much the opposite of Vaclev Havel met his reward: “Kim Jong Il, North Korea’s mercurial and enigmatic leader, has died.”
Havel was one of the first leaders of a nation that has long languished under communism. Kim is a leader of one of the last nations still beholden to the communist ideology. For the sake of the people on the northern half of the Korean peninsula, let us hope the regime he headed will suffer the fate of the regime Havel helped bring down.