Friday, December 11, 2009
Vaclav Havel on the fall of the Berlin Wall, Barack Obama, and the hidden costs of moral compromise.
When someone soils his pants prematurely, then they do not respect you more for it.
Interview by SUSAN GLASSER | DECEMBER 9, 2009
Foreign Policy: This year marks the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Do you think the spirit of those times is still reflected in Czech and Eastern European society today?
Vaclav Havel: I think that the basic ideals of that time -- free elections, the democratic program, freedom of the press, and so on -- are being fulfilled. We have not abandoned that road, nor did we betray it. Nevertheless, everything has been much more difficult than we might have thought at that time. Everything is taking much more time, and the road is much more thorny than somebody might have thought in those times of passion.