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There are leaders. Like Bush. Then again, there are great men. Like Premier Wen.|
What differentiates leaders from great men is what they do AFTER events such as this takes place.
In the case of Bush, he laconically remarked that it was a size '10' and left it at that. Even when later he must have known that the Iraqi journalist would be beaten up and thrown into jail with his career, possibly life, in some tatters, like much of his country invaded at the behest of Bush's armies, Bush never uttered one word to redeem himself or to show he had any inkling of what dictatorial power could do.
The opposite happened in Cambridge. In the case of Premier Wen, he not only maintained dignity and equanimity before world cameras in the direct face of an aggravating insult on his representation of China, the world's most populace State, he also went further to ask that the stonehenged brits forgive that german postgraduate pathologist student at Cambridge (ranked second in the world charts, for the time being) so that the student can finish his education, obviously crimped so far by his ideological fervor not founded on grassroots findings.
Perhaps that student was also paid to do that dastardly deed by someone or people who thought that what had happened in Baghdad could also be revived in Cambridge so as to slight China. Or he woke up that morning and imbibed some of the germs from his lab test-tubes that ultimately scrambled his grey cells. We'll never know and it doesn't matter -
..for Premier Wen has shown, for the first time ever in the public display of greatness by a world statesman, that he kept his eye on what is really important in life - the continuation of knowledge so that men can later turn their unbridled anger to positive work for mankind. Obviously that student still thinks that people who think like this are 'dictatorial'. He should review his lecture notes more assiduously.
By still not apologizing in person to Premier Wen, that post-teen german cambridge student may think he's a hero in the eyes of his friends for what he had done. Before mankind, he's just a zero.