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A Thought On Obama's Inauguration

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2009 15:08:31 -0300 (CLST)

Just watched this on TV.  Much was very impressive, and hopeful.

But one thing struck me: whether from the left or the right, Americans
assume that they should be leading the rest of the world.  Each side
equally convinced that it is their job to "fix" the world.  Sure that this
time it will be right.

I remember, many years ago, in a Le Carre thriller, someone observing that
the opposite of love wasn't hate, but apathy.  I think that's right.  I
also think the same logic applies here.

The "opposite of Bush" is *not* pushing the world in a new direction. 
That's still pushing.

The "opposite of Bush" is a more hands-off approach.  Letting the rest of
the world make their own decisions; their own mistakes.

Andrew

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