Wow, this has been a bad week. Vaclav Havel, the brave leader of the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia, has died at the age of 75. Havel was one of the great anti-totalitarian leaders of the late 20th century and is as responsible as anyone for ending Soviet communism and bringing freedom to millions. A sad coincidence that he died the same week as his friend Christopher Hitchens.
Update: And apparently, Kim Jong Il is dead too. That’s one for the good guys and one for the bad guys. One of the last totalitarian leaders dies on the same day as one of the great anti-totalitarians.