Topic: "Pugnacious Maverick"
"If at the end of the First World War we had done what we promised the Arabs, which was to let them be free and have their own governments, and kept out of Arab affairs and just bought their oil, rather than feeling we had to control the flow of oil, I suspect this wouldn't have arisen," said Ken Livingstone, Mayor of the City of London. Livingstone offered a sweeping indictment of American and British policy which, he feels, have produced the current spate of terrorist attacks. Specifically he took aim at US officials who, "in the 1980's recruited and trained Osama bin Laden, taught him how to kill, to make bombs, and set him off to kill the Russians and drive them out of Afghanistan. They didn't give any thought to the fact that once he'd done that he might turn on his creators."
Frodo would like to remind Ken Mehlman that William Jefferson Clinton was not the President of the United States during any of the points referenced by Mayor Livingstone.
Frodo makes no pretense about his lack of interest in British politics. It has taken him since March to merely recall the name of the husband of Queen Elizabeth (For those of you equally stymied since first this question arose, research indicates that Caspar Milquetoasts' real name is Phillip--but Frodo still doesn't know if his name contains one or two "l's"). Frodo has long believed that were one to superimpose a map of European Overseas Colonies in 1914 over a map of the World in 2005, one would immediately identify all of the locations which have harbored a war, a revolution, or insurgent genocide since the end of World War II. Vietnam of course as "French Indo-China," and the "Belgian Congo" are prime examples of that theory.
The Mayor of London has won Frodo's heart by espousing a similar philosophical perspective on the world as it now exists. His problem however is the same as Frodo's. The political leader of his country can't see past those stupid-looking reading glasses he wears on his nose. His political leader mimics words, not thoughts. Frodo's political leader, when confronted by "two paths in a yellow wood," chose the one most traveled by, "and that has made all the difference."