Sunday, October 02, 2005

GW and history

Who would the BBC pollsters elect to run the world?
Noam Chomsky was selected fourth. Noam Chomsky is known for extremist writings, some of which endorsed the regime of Pol Pot in Cambodia both before and after the mass slaughters. I don't want to tell people specifically what to think of him, but if they search google for the views of his supporters and detractors, they can decide for themselves who's side is more compelling.

I encourage everybody to do so. I also encourage everybody to attempt to read some of his works in order to gain an opinion based on depth of knowledge.

The obvious refutation to this poll is that it was online and not pulled from a random sampling. So ballot stuffing was definitely at play here.

What's probably most entertaining about the BBC's fantasy election, is that GW Bush will likely be recorded in history as being one of the great american leaders alongside Reagan, FDR and Lincoln. I'm not going to comment on whether he deserves such recognition or not. But my case suggesting that he will get it, stems from the observation that history is merely a recording of the 'results' of our experiments. In the case of Clinton, Bush Sr., Carter, and others, nothing was wagered, and nothing was gained or lost. In the case of GW, events beyond his control forced him to make a wager on Afghanistan and Iraq. When the results return, we'll know how he'll stand in history.

There's also an unnatural interest in GW by the left. It's difficult to walk through a book store without seeing a new book on the shelves either for or against GW (though generally against, since the stereo type of the Bush supporter does not involve the necessary skills to *read*). I'll predict right here that this obsession by his detractors will give Lincoln a run for his money as 'most written about' President.

We stay the course in Iraq and Afghanistan, and GW's place in history is framed in gold, like it or not. Beware, wishing to deprive GW of such recognition is a dangerous step towards wanting a change in foreign policy for personal reasons, rather than logical. People who want us out of Iraq shouldn't care one iota about GW or how he's perceived anywhere, now or in the future, so as not to mix the two opinions.

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