Secretary of State Chomsky?

Probably better suited to “Dress Down Friday”, but I couldn’t let this pass:

Former South African President Nelson Mandela has topped a BBC poll to find the person most people would like to lead a fantasy world government.

More than 15,000 people worldwide took part in the interactive Power Play game, in which players were invited to choose a team of 11 to run the world from a list of around 100 of the most powerful leaders, thinkers and other high-profile people on the planet.

I don’t have too many issues with Mandela at no.1, his somewhat bizarre views on what constitutes racism notwithstanding. My personal choice would have been Vaclav Havel, with Norm, Stephen Fry and Kenny Dalglish holding cabinet positions.

Here’s the top 11:

1 – Nelson Mandela
2 – Bill Clinton
3 – Dalai Lama
4 – Noam Chomsky
5 – Alan Greenspan
6 – Bill Gates
7 – Steve Jobs
8 – Archbishop Desmond Tutu
9 – Richard Branson
10 – George Soros
11 – Kofi Annan

Looking at the results, you shouldn’t be surprised to learn that more than half of the survey respondents come from the US.

Well, with Bill Clinton and Kofi Annan featuring so prominently, it wasn’t going to be Rwanda or Kosovo, was it?