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Obituary: Vaclav Havel
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Posted on 12/18/2011 4:25:47 AM PST by nuconvert

For Vaclav Havel, and for his people, everything changed in 1989, the year of Czechoslovakia's Velvet Revolution, when he led the extraordinary display of people power which toppled the ruling communist regime.

The world watched with astonishment as, within weeks, the dissident playwright became president.

Vaclav Havel was born in 1936. His father was a successful engineer and, by his own admission, young Vaclav was a pampered child from a wealthy family.

*Drama critic*

But when the communists came to power he saw his family lose everything.

The new government decided the young Havel was "too bourgeois" to be allowed a secondary education.

He organised one for himself, studying at night school, while working as a laboratory technician during the day.

The year 1968 brought the Prague Spring led by Alexander Dubcek, the first flowering of reform and of hope for Czechoslovakia.

Havel, now a successful playwright, could openly criticise old guard Stalinists, satirising them in drama, which won instant worldwide acclaim.

But the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia crushed the dreams of Havel and his generation. Suddenly, his work was banned in his homeland.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


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1 posted on 12/18/2011 4:25:54 AM PST by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert

An honorable patriot!

RIP


2 posted on 12/18/2011 4:27:18 AM PST by IbJensen (Demint for President, Paul for Treasury Secretary, Apaio For AG)
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To: nuconvert

RIP


3 posted on 12/18/2011 4:35:16 AM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: nuconvert

There goes a real man. RIP.


4 posted on 12/18/2011 4:36:58 AM PST by Yossarian ("All the charm of Nixon. All the competency of Carter." - SF Chronicle comment post on Obama)
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To: nuconvert

One of the great leaders in the fight against Communism. Not only was Havel instrumental in the ridding the Communists...he guided Czech Rep well in post-Commie era...even through the breakup with Slovakia

RIP


5 posted on 12/18/2011 4:38:57 AM PST by RealImmigrant (National Security begins at the Border)
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To: nuconvert

I’m saddened to hear this. I was stationed in Germany when Mr. Havel was at the forefront of the largely peaceful transition of Eastern Europe out of communism.

Vaclav Havel is a patriot of the highest order. A great man who deserves an elevated place in history.

RIP..


6 posted on 12/18/2011 4:39:40 AM PST by ScottinVA (I miss America.)
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To: nuconvert

We may need to look to men such as this, here in the United States, in the near future.


7 posted on 12/18/2011 4:40:37 AM PST by CalvaryJohn (What is keeping that damned asteroid?)
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To: CalvaryJohn

Good luck searching for one...


8 posted on 12/18/2011 4:42:30 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: CalvaryJohn
Lots of luck with that. Men in the U.S. have been neutered by political correctness.
9 posted on 12/18/2011 4:46:08 AM PST by Captain7seas (FIRE JANE LUBCHENCO FROM NOAA)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Wish we had one like Havel here in the US.


10 posted on 12/18/2011 4:48:29 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Wish we had one like Havel here in the US.


11 posted on 12/18/2011 4:48:44 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Wish we had one like Havel here in the US.


12 posted on 12/18/2011 4:48:44 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Wish we had one like Havel here in the US.


13 posted on 12/18/2011 4:49:06 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Wish we had one like Havel here in the US.


14 posted on 12/18/2011 4:49:13 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: nuconvert

RIP to an artist, a patriot, and a hero.


15 posted on 12/18/2011 4:57:19 AM PST by left that other site
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To: The_Media_never_lie

You can say that again.


16 posted on 12/18/2011 4:58:42 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: nuconvert
I am indeed saddened by his death. With Lech Walesa and Karol Józef Wojtyła (Pope John Paul II), these men were the leaders of Eastern Europe who took the opportunity created by Reagan and Thatcher to crack and destroy the Warsaw Pact tyranny of the Soviet Union. They are the ones who stood and said "No More"!

We and their countries are indebted to their courage and endurance in their steadfast faith in the alternative to communist doctrine. We remember them in their glory when they triumphed but it is well for us to consider what they did in the decades of obscurity laboring against their police-state tyrants. That was courage indeed and we must honor it forever!

17 posted on 12/18/2011 5:03:00 AM PST by SES1066 (Government is NOT the reason for my existance!)
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To: nuconvert

“Truth and love must prevail over lies and hate.” Vaclav Havel


18 posted on 12/18/2011 5:31:28 AM PST by Redmen4ever
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To: nuconvert

Well, rats.


19 posted on 12/18/2011 5:46:09 AM PST by Tax-chick (Just let the people vote.)
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To: nuconvert

First an artist then a leader. Thankful that his country had him at the critical moment.


20 posted on 12/18/2011 5:55:35 AM PST by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: nuconvert

RIP. A brave man who stood his ground against a crushing and murderous communist regime. If we only had leaders such as this today...


21 posted on 12/18/2011 5:55:51 AM PST by lodi90
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To: nuconvert

First an artist then a leader. Thankful that his country had him at the critical moment.


22 posted on 12/18/2011 6:15:25 AM PST by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: nuconvert

First an artist then a leader. Thankful that his country had him at the critical moment.


23 posted on 12/18/2011 6:15:35 AM PST by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: CalvaryJohn
We may need to look to men such as this, here in the United States

You'll need a time machine. We don't make men here anymore.

24 posted on 12/18/2011 6:27:15 AM PST by jboot
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To: nuconvert
He was a great man.

RIP

25 posted on 12/18/2011 6:27:58 AM PST by Tribune7 (Vote Perry)
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To: nuconvert

Someone like Mr. Havel would be welcome as a 2012 presidential candidate.


26 posted on 12/18/2011 6:38:06 AM PST by Afterguard
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To: nuconvert
Relished his writings during the '90s. Kept a paperback issue in my travel bags. A friend when books are friends.
27 posted on 12/18/2011 6:47:15 AM PST by cornelis
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To: nuconvert

He doesn’t get the Nobel Peace Prize but someone who just talks a lot does? Wow!

Rest in peace to a passionate and brave man.


28 posted on 12/18/2011 8:21:48 AM PST by mandaladon (PalinGenesis)
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