What greater symbol of the moral bankruptcy of the United Nations than that the General Assembly last week honored a moment of silence for Kim Jong Il and not deceased Czech freedom fighter, Vaclev Havel.
One might have thought that the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent disintegration of the Soviet empire might have been a cue to the apologists, the anti-anti-communists and the whole of the left of the West to give up the ghost and realize that liberal democracy beat the snot out of authoritarian command-and-control collectivism in the battle for the 20th century. However, 20 years on, amaziningly enough, they're still out there bleating away in the darkness.
Here's Pejman Yousefzadeh on this highly dubious and curious phenomena:
One would think that the deaths of Vaclav Havel and Kim Jong Il would prompt universal condemnation for the dictatorial communist regimes the former so bravely fought against, and the latter used for self-aggrandizement at the expense of his own citizens. One would be wrong; the condemnation of dictatorial communist regimes is blessedly widespread, but it is by no means universal.
Consider first Neil Clark, who informs us of the following regarding Havel’s struggle:
No one questions that Havel, who went to prison twice, was a brave man who had the courage to stand up for his views. Yet the question which needs to be asked is whether his political campaigning made his country, and the world, a better place. Havel’s anti-communist critique contained little if any acknowledgement of the positive achievements of the regimes of eastern Europe in the fields of employment, welfare provision, education and women’s rights. Or the fact that communism, for all its faults, was still a system which put the economic needs of the majority first.
(more of this non-sense can be found at the link)
Who could ever forget those economic-needs-of-the-majority-first programs like Stalin's forced starvation of the Kulaks or Mao's Great Leap forward or Pol Pot's killing fields or even today's one-child (or else ) policy in China? Who indeed!
Honestly, who needs antiquated old documents like the constitutions and silly notions like the rule of law and obviously bourgeois concepts like property rights when you're busying yourself with putting the economic needs of the majority first.
And speaking of symbols of disparity: This...
... is not the result of North Korea gaining admittance into the Dark Sky Society.
Dear Lefties, You lost. You got your hats handed to you. Get over it. Take off that Che' t-shirt and quit making stone-cold asses of yourself because anytime you have to start off your defense with, "For all its faults...", you know you've already lost the argument as if the tens of millions of dead at the hands of the socio-economic system you champion wasn't the first clue.