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March 14, 2005

Useful idiot of the week

From Communist China's The People's Daily:

Yong Tang: In such sense, do you think America should be the leader of the world? 

Bennett: No, I don't think US should be the leader of the world. My job is helping my readers trying to understand what is happening now. What is happening now is very difficult to understand. The world is very complex. There are various complex forces occurring in it. I don't think you can imagine a world where one country or one group of people could lead everybody else. I can't imagine that could happen. I also think it is unhealthy to have one country as the leader of the world. People in other countries don't want to be led by foreign countries. They may want to have good relations with it or they may want to share with what is good in that country. 

That is also a sort of colonial question. The world has gone through colonialism and imperialism. We have seen the danger and shortcomings of those systems. If we are heading into another period of imperialism where the US thinks itself as the leader of the area and its interest should prevail over all other interests of its neighbors and others, then I think the world will be in an unhappy period.

Bennett would be Washington Post Managing Editor Philip Bennett. Given the source, I wanted to give Bennett the benefit of the doubt that the Communist controlled pare may have invented the interview or at least the quote, but there is no denial of any part of the interview on the Washington Posts' web site.

So who exactly does Bennett think should rise up to challenge the US as the sole super power -- Communist China? Is he actually naive enough to not know that that is exactly the message the Communist government of China want conveyed to their people?

Posted by Danny Carlton at March 14, 2005 11:45 AM

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