Strange Rebels By Christian Caryl

1875 Words Jul 30th, 2014 8 Pages
In the complex situation they were facing, these leaders managed to analyze and comprehend the issue, to surpass human limitations, and to come up with a plan that proved effective for their purpose. What they accomplished initially—that is before the political role of running the plan—is the role of a strategist.
In his book Strange Rebels, Christian Caryl argues that the decisions of Margaret Thatcher, Pope John-Paul II, Deng Xiaoping and Ayatollah Khomeini drastically changed their world, and turned it into the one in which we live today. His argument raises some questions, especially given the complex environment of international politics. How come, then that the decisions of these leaders were so pertinent and fruitful? More generally, why and how do certain leaders decisively influence their time while some others do not? It is clearly impossible to answer these questions in a nutshell. A deeper and thorough analysis, supported by some theoretical studies, is then necessary.
These questions are legitimate and definitely part of the solution. By way of an answer, this essay acknowledges that, despite the complex situation they were facing, great leaders manage to analyze and comprehend issues, to surpass human limitations, theirs as well as those of their group, and to come up with a plan that fulfills their purpose. What they accomplish initially—that is, before assuming the political role of running the plan—is the responsibility of strategists.
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