"You know, in a very real sense, the Committee missed out on some real worthies. Kim Jong Il and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have done more to bring an awareness of the danger of nuclear arms to the world than anyone since Truman. Hugo Chavez has worked diligently to bring Latin America into a single, unified, stable political order and helped focus the international spotlight on the danger of a country half a world away with a population roughly a quarter of Venezuela’s. The Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan have helped the world understand the oppressive and divisive nature of the post-Westphalian state, and the calamitous conditions the imposition of national boundaries can produce. Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev have between them done more to help liberate an oppressed people in the last year and change than anyone else outside of America, which obviously doesn’t count, because Americans only liberate people for oil."
Saturday, October 10, 2009
The New Ledger: