One of the true giants of 20th century literature and history passed away this weekend at his home in Moscow. It is fitting that Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn died in Moscow, in a country from which he had been exiled. It meant that he had outlived the poisonous system he had done so much to expose, and had been welcomed back in a post-Soviet era.
Solzhenitsyn was the preeminent Russian dissident who, through his powerful writings, dragged the evils of the Soviet system into the light, and contributed to its ultimate demise. An eloquent and tireless advocate of freedom and the crushing of tyranny, the world is a dimmer place without him.
My hope is that someday teenagers in the local mall will wear shirts with his face on them, and permanently retire their Che chic, consigning that murderous monster to the dustbin of history. If that day ever arrives, it will speak much better about the fate of our nation.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was a witness to history. Read him.