Tuesday, May 27, 2003
T-shirts and dictators: Ahh, but look at how they view Stalin today. There is a decided misty-eyedness concerning the benevolent "Uncle Joe" that exists in the older Russian generation. I can see the same with Saddam as Iraq spirals down to anarchy. "At least the trains ran on time," they might say. "Sure, my cousin might disappear for weeks at a time, but my trash got picked up with him." Through the filter of time, and as the anti-Western feelings are allowed to bubble, I think you'll find more of this sentiment. Now, will college students start wearing his image? Probably not, unless they're like super ironic and all, but one cannot discount the possibility.