Pol­icy and charisma


Finweek English Edition - - The Finweek -

FOR THE SEC­OND WEEK the world made much of the elec­tion of Barack Obama as US Pres­i­dent elect. The pos­si­bil­ity of Obama act­ing as a me­di­a­tor in the Mid­dle East was men­tioned. The hope was ex­pressed that he’d place the world on the right track re­gard­ing al­ter­na­tive en­ergy. There were ques­tions about the cult be­ing built around him as a per­son. THE HER­ALD said Obama could play a ma­jor role in restor­ing the or­der dis­rupted by the Ge­orge W Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion by brand­ing var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions as “ter­ror­ists”. Die Burger said that was all good and well but the ma­jor les­son in the US – as in SA – is that po­lit­i­cal choices must be based on poli­cies and prin­ci­ples, not on charisma.

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