21 December, 2011

Comparative politics

Kim Jong Il is dead.  He was a treacherous little monster, and he left a pathetic little empire.  Vaclav Havel is also dead, a man described by James Fallows as one who "helped make the world more decent and promising, through his combination of literary skill, civic responsibility, and deep humaneness."

Guess which one got the most attention in the press?  Guess which one had more tears--real or otherwise--shed for his passing?
“It is much more secure to be feared than to be loved. ”
   --Nicolo Machiavelli

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