Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Monday, September 23, 2002

The Cuban Lobby now has its claws into the Czech Republic, apparently. Or maybe someone who is now liberated from the horrors of Communist rule knows a little something about life under people like Castro.

Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel, after meeting with President Bush in Washington, visits Miami. Why? Because he wants Cubans to regain their freedoms.

Florida International University very judiciously offered him an honorary doctorate but, after thanking the school for its gesture, Havel declined the distinction. That ceremony would have detracted from his objective: to show his solidarity with those who are politically persecuted in the last communist dictatorship in the West.

Havel has asked that the Nobel Peace Prize be awarded to Oswaldo PayĆ” and wishes to keep media attention focused on the Cuban engineer who created the Varela Project. Havel does not want to be revered; he wants to be useful. That is his life sign.

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