Tuesday, December 05, 2006

canute and katrina

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there is an inevitability about the forces of nature, and about the forces of geopolitical reality.

we do that reality an injustice when we blame an individual for events that are on a catastrophic scale. hurricane katrina took such a toll because certain people reacted too slowly or too meanly ? o yeah ? i doubt it. rumsfeld lost asia ? no one is that powerful.

the much maligned king canute understood this. his famous foray to the beach was to demonstrate to fawning courtiers that there were limits to the power of royal command.
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