November 17, 2004

And the winner is...

Uh yeah, sure, "bloggers" should be Time's Person of the Year. Great idea. Hey, like Mickey Kaus once said, "How about a Department of F**king Perspective!?" Honestly, I love my badly-designed little webpage as much as the next person, but about the only important things bloggers have done this year were a) adding color commentary to conventions, and b) exposing a bunch of fake memos that had no real bearing on the presidency, perceptions on the media, or anything else that truly matters. It's awesome, it really is, but doesn't a Time magazine cover seem just a wee bit over-the-top? Besides if the "MSM" stops ignoring bloggers, what will they ever have to talk about?

So who is the Person of the Year? My first thought would be (ahem): Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani. The most powerful person in the world's #1 hotspot. More or less ousted Paul Bremer and forced Iraq back into Iraqi hands. Our military incursions depend almost entirely on his consent (al-Fallujah) or his intervention (an-Najaf). And after January, the fate of the country is largely up to his discretion. And who knows? He could be the new face of moderate Islam. Not a bad choice at all.

But the real Person of the Year is, without a doubt: Abdul Qadeer Khan, former head of Pakistan's nuclear program. It hasn't been a positive development, but Khan has almost singlehandedly reshaped the geostrategic landscape, enabling first Pakistan, then North Korea, and now Iran to go nuclear. There are rumors that he may have even sold technology to Saudi Arabia. At this point in time, there's no one who's had more of an impact on the world stage over the past few years, George Bush aside. Plus, putting him on the cover would signal the shift in power from state leaders (U.S. presidents, Churchill, Hitler, Stalin, Khruschev, etc.) to non-state actors. This should be a no-brainer.
-- Brad Plumer 9:20 PM || ||