An interesting piece by Hitchens. Helps shed some light on this ridiculous myth of US President George Bush being of lower intellect.
NOT SO DUMB THEN?
Nov 11 2004, Christopher Hitchens
(excert from article)
"No, if I feel upset at all it is at the herd mentality that seems to have seized almost all my British friends (and quite a few of my American ones, as well).
I don’t mind being shouted at, while having discussions around the dinner table or the studio set. After all, I have done some yelling on my own account.
What I do mind is the pitying glance, or the heavy sigh, that is deployed these days. I am not ready to be patronised, or condescended to, unless by someone of some eminence who has earned that right. And even then I regard it as a sign of weakness rather than strength.
To be frank about it, I don’t know all that many geniuses in the anti-Bush camp. In Britain, I gather, conceited nonentities such as Michael Howard and Charles Kennedy (neither of whom could be elected as mayor of Hogwallow, Nebraska, in a bad year) are treated as serious party leaders, while George Galloway and Tariq Ali pose as leaders of an “anti-war” movement."
It just gets better.