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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Havel and Hagel

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Abuses of human rights and freedoms have never been and will never be solely internal affairs of any country. As someone who years ago experienced firsthand the arbitrary rule of a dictatorial regime but then lived to see better times -- to a large extent because of the international solidarity extended to us -- I appeal to all those who have the opportunity to act against such arbitrary acts to express their solidarity with people who to this day live in a state of "unfreedom."

- Vaclav Havel in today's Washington Post.

It is important to remind ourselves that we ought not feel precluded from resisting human rights abuses merely becasue they occur in another country. Perhaps someone should remind Chuck Hagel who is properly called to task here:

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