JULIAN ASSANGE could be Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” for 2010. If he is so named, he will be in the same company as Charles Lindbergh (1927), Mahatma Gandhi (1930), Queen Elizabeth II (1952), Pope John Paul II (1994) Barack Obama (2008) and Corazon Aquino (1986).
It’s not exactly an award for those on this side of Western respectability, however. Joseph Stalin was twice Time Man of the Year, in 1939 and 1942. (Time changed the tag to Person of the Year in 1999.) And by any civilized standard, Henry Kissinger, the chief villain in the 1973 coup in Chile among other crimes, who was Time’s Man of the Year in 1972 together with Richard Nixon, is not someone you’d like being in the same planet with. Ditto for Adolf Hitler, Man of the Year for 1938.