Thomas Friedman Now Taking Geopolitical Lessons from Batman
Maureen Dowd takes presidential lessons from Aaron Sorkin productions, so maybe it’s not entirely out of the realm of possibility that fellow New York Times columnist Tom Friedman would quote an entire scene from The Dark Knight.
Friedman was following the advice not of a cab driver but an “Israeli expert on Arab social networks,” who told him that Michael Caine’s speech about the diamond thief (you know the one) is the best explanation for groups like ISIS and Boko Haram.
Because he’s Friedman, he connects the scene to the latest tome from Francis Fukuyama, and closes thusly:
When you think about it, Alfred is basically the effete British version of the Friedman cab driver, always there to proffer sage advice before retreating into his subservient role whilst our Hero struggles on to glory. If you take from this that that makes Friedman the Hero, you’re most of the way there.
Watch the speech below:
[h/t New York Times]
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