Sunday, December 18, 2005

Bono, Mr & Mrs Gates, Time Magazine persons of the year?

Bono is one of the Worst People on the Planet, so I've no idea of the logic at work. Legitimising morally defective World Leaders by having private conversations with them, does that deserve an award or a good kicking? As Hannah rightly pointed out, in the year that marked the 25th anniversary of John Lennon being murdered, would Lennon attend a private interview with George Bush? No, he would not have - they would have talked in a place where the whole world could hear, or not at all. (Of course, that probably means not at all in today's world).

The other two were Bill & Melinda Gates, another bizarre choice. When Gates' company Microsoft are not selling technology to the Chinese, used to censor the internet and trap political dissidents, they are out there investing billions in schemes to boost public health programs in the poorest parts of the world. What do these two say to each other at night? "We really made the world a terrible place for some people today... but, hey, we also made it better for a heap of other people. Guess we're even. Switch out the light, darling."

My own nomination for Persons of the Year, in no particular order, would be:

Charles Darwin, who once again made Christian fanatics look like the poor idiots they are, 123 years after his death.

Patrick Fitzgerald, for the exciting spectacle of handing down indictments to at least one lying White House rat, with the promise of more in 2006.

Cindy Sheehan, for the great Camp Cindy episode and for refusing to be silenced by George Bush.


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