Havel on Iraq


Vaclav Havel explains his, and the Czech Republic's, support for invading Iraq in an interesting profile in The New Yorker:

"I think it's not by chance that the idea of confronting evil may have found more support in those countries that have had a recent experience with totalitarian systems compared with other European countries that haven't had the same sort of recent experience….The Czech experience with Munich, with appeasement, with yielding to evil, with demanding more and more evidence that Hitler was truly evil?that may be one reason that we look at things differently than some others….It's a matter of the functioning of the world's immune system, whether the world can deal with such a case of extreme evil before it is too late."

The whole story is here.