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Vaclav Havel’s idea of telling the truth

Vaclav Havel’s idea of telling the truth

As cosmic coincidences go, the deaths of Václav Havel and Kim Jong Il in the same week the US pulled the last of its troops out of Iraq are hard to ignore. Havel made the exposure of tyranny the great task of his life. Kim was tyranny personified. And the war in Iraq was the bruising leap over the wall of global indifference behind which all tyrannies subsist.

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Bret Stephens is a WSJ columnist

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