When it comes to exerting influence globally, then I guess that there are quite a few candidates that may spring to an individual’s mind as to some characters throughout history that will be foremost in the memory banks. The World War two figure of Adolf Hitler must come somewhere near the top of this list. He really did not do himself any favours with some of the atrocities that he instigated, but really not a bad effort for someone who was a school dropout, a failed artist and a lowly corporal driver in the First World War. So how on earth did he manage his meteoric rise to infamy? If Nostradamus is to be believed in his writings (predictions?) then this would undoubtedly have something to do with him being the second Anti-Christ; which leads us to another rather famous figure who actually was quite a nasty sort too. He also rose quite rapidly through the ranks and is remembered for being rather ruthless to say the least. Good ol’ Nossie had Napeleon Bonaparte down as the first Anti-Christ. I suppose you could say he did pretty well for himself until he got the Elba! And it has to be said, in true Monty Python style, and what did the Romans ever do for us!? They certainly built themselves a big enough empire didn’t they? Built upon the pain, suffering and bloodshed of many innocents, enslaving the ones they did leave alive. For all accounts they were actually stark raving bonkers too, probably down to the inbreeding (my take, I don’t really have any proof of this!) in trying to achieve pure bloodlines for their progeny. There appears to be some strange kind of pattern emerging here and that’s just looking at a few of the apparently top people who were in fact leaders of civilisations. Does this mean that to be any kind of eminent leader, then one of the prerequisites is to be completely tapped in the head? There was enough talk in the press fairly recently about Blair and Bush during the Gulf War to show that just perhaps we as a race haven’t learnt very much over the aeons. Let’s face it, what type of person is it that is able to stand up publicly and condone the action of war to their nations and in the next decree they are able to send the very subjects that they’re supposedly looking out for into armed conflict to shoot and kill each other? Why could they not go themselves if it is such an honour? Speaking of warmongers, that’s exactly what Churchill did wasn’t it? And he is generally accepted as a hero, then, as well as in our present times. But surely the real heroes are the real, honest, down to earth, average and everyday people, which just happen to be the ones that are following the orders and directives of these so called leaders? And yet, these so called good people doing as they are asked, for some strange reason are the ones that get forgotten, unless of course you happen to be associated directly to them as friends or family. Generally no one remembers poor old Joe Bloggs running the gauntlet of enemy fire to take out a machine gun placement, blowing up six tanks behind that, bringing down a helicopter gunship that is called as a reinforcement and then carrying his dead colleague and friend back to base because he doesn’t want him left lying in the middle of the battlefield; he just wants him to have a decent send off. No, we don’t remember them. Instead the ones we do remember, quite often by name, seem to be these great galoots, often extremely rich, oozing rimmer like tendencies because they were the ones that sent the real heroes. And quite often they may just even get some kind of memorial, or even worse a medal! Is this class consciousness that needs awakening, or are we the masses just sheep unable to see the wool being pulled over our eyes? Come to think of it, sheep are probably actually more intelligent. They don’t go around blowing each other up and then praise the bloody idiots that told them to do it!