All this the world saw in Kim Sun-Il’s plight—and more.
It saw that the defense of freedom demands personal sacrifice, while the defense of despotism demands a sacrificial lamb.
It saw that zealotry requires conviction for a cause, while democracy requires just cause for a conviction.
It saw that free men protect ideas they hate, while terrorists hate the idea of free men.
It saw that those who do not value their own lives never respect the lives of others.
True, Kim Sun-Il died desperate and alone, but he did not die unheard.
His appeal for freedom resounded around the world.
And the world will not soon forget what it stands for.
I will not forget….