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Wearing the mantle of leadership in the 21st. Century

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Submitted by David W. Lincoln (Canada), Sep 6, 2005 at 18:42

It has always been a very sorry sort of leadership that either pursues headlines, or reacts to headlines.

Saying that isn't easy, for lots of lives are at stake, and the successes we know about seemingly come about by fluke. (Which isn't all that different when Ahmed Ressam was caught trying to cross over from B.C. to Washington State, so that he could hit Los Angeles during the millenium celebrations. However, leave it to a sharp-eyed woman who was on shift at the US station at that border crossing to end that gambit).

There are lots of clues being strewn about, but those who are able to put the dots together are treated like Cassandra. Perhaps why the 21st. Century Cassandras are in such disfavour is because their final products are so different than what those who should know, but don't, what they come up with.

Once again we see the truism: the only one more annoying than someone who thinks they know is someone who actually knows.
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