Life as metaphor

Former Czech President and playwright and leader of the so-called “Velvet Revolution”Vaclav Havel has passed away at 75. His country, Czechoslovakia, was bigger than its two current-day off-spring (the Czech Republic and Slovakia), but, of course, was a Soviet satellite, and the subject of a Soviet invasion in 1968, in response to the “Prague Spring,” which, rhetorically at least, was the inspiration for the ongoing “Arab Spring” and its world-wide counterparts.