Over in London, the Daily Telegraph has a piece on how George W. Bush became “the quiet man of US politics.” Naturally, it’s provoked a mass Tourette’s explosion of what-a-moron sneers from sophisticated commenters apparently starved these last four years of the contrarian, iconoclastic thrill of making the same cracks everybody else makes. Nevertheless, some readers manage to take it to a whole new level:
I can’t help how different the world would be if Bush had said, when those men killed thousands by destroying the twin towers; “Sorry.”
It would have uutterly demolished the murderer’s cause. The world would been forced to look at the great things the US has done and seen a nation that is greiving and brought the rest of the world instantly to their side. Nothing creates solidarity than humility.
I wonder how many people in the Western world think like this. President Bush once told me he figured it at 25 percent, but that may be, as they say, a misunderestimate.
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