Way to go Vaclav Havel!

Former Czech President Vaclav Havel had this to say about the war in Afghanistan. It’s one of the most insightful views of this war I’ve seen yet

It is now time for me, as one of the many Heads of States throughout the world, to express my absolute support for this operation. Preparations have been underway for a long time and have been well thought out. This is not an attack on Afghanistan or on Islam, neither is it an attack on any one nation or any one religion. It is protecting the values of civilization which connect many religions, cultures and countries, just as they connect the entire world. If we want the pleasure of certain freedoms, if we want to make use of certain benefits which are offered by the age we are living in, if we want to take pleasure in living dignified lives, it is necessary that we must then be prepared to protect those values and rights – even militarily.

In my opinion, now is the time for calm perseverance, without reason for alarm. At the same time, I believe that it is necessary for all of us to know that there are moments when our freedoms will require certain sacrifices.