Monday, November 28, 2005

An Interesting Comparison

I was watching the news today (as I do everyday) and there was a lot of talk about Ramsey Clark going to Iraq to defend Saddam Hussein. It is interesting, though not surprising, that this former Attorney General is all for giving Saddam Hussein a "fair trial." As far as I can see, Hussein is guilty. Much of the proof is on film because Saddam is egotistical and narcissistic. The commands for torture and mass murder came from his own mouth. This is exactly the type of person Ramsey Clark likes to defend. Then it dawned on me that in many ways, Clark resembles a fictional character. See if you can figure out who it is.

1) He's a power seeker. (true of Clark)

2) He postures as a humanitarian. (true of Clark)

3) He is a Marxist intellectual with visions of a collectivist dictatorship. (Clark has strong ties to Workers World Party, a socialist group a la Marx.)

4) He is a cult leader on par with David Koresh, Jim Jones, or Sun Myung Moon. (Clark defended David Koresh, as well as Slobodan Milosevic, the PLO leaders who hijacked the Achille Lauro, among other terrorists and genocidal maniacs.)

5) He is not a brute, but wants to be the puppet master behind the brute. (Clark seeks power through defending the brutes.)

The fictional character is a main character in Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead:
Ellsworth Toohey.

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