Heroes and Villains

We do admire Bonhoeffer but in a sense he acted as a terrorist and outside the framework of due process. And as much as we admire George Washington, he was a traitor in the eyes of King George. Heroes to some are villains to others. I recently saw a 900 page biography of Che Guevara which mentioned in the introduction “I wanted to cut through those hagiographies which glorified Che as a saint and those jeremiads which condemned him as evil incarnate and try to arrive at the real Che. Come to think of it, I know people in the South today who despise Lincoln and even go so far as to call Lincoln a Communist (which to me is absurd) but there you have the incredible spectrum of public opinion. Every Mother Teresa has a Christopher Hitchens just as every Samuel Johnson has his Boswell.

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