We posted the other day on Alfred, and touched on his leadership. According to the ancient stories, Alfred was not a very good king when he began, but he came to understand, apparently from reading the Old Testament, that he had a covenant with his people. The covenant promise was grounded in justice. Injustice would break it.
In these times, people look for leaders. One of these leaders, a hero to the Cuban people, has spent 16 years in the Cuban gulag where he has been isolated "in tiny, filthy, rat-infested spaces with no windows or ventilation". In January Jorge Luis Antunez was allowed one phone call. He used it to say to his fellow Cubans, "We invite you not to cooperate with the repression and . . .to join those who defend your human rights, justice, and struggle for a free, pluralistic and prosperous society." Cubans are answering his call. (Mary Anastasia O'Grady, Wall Street Journal print edition, 10-27-06)
In Britain in the 17th century, a different kind of leader was found in George Monck, a name virtually unknown today, though his renunciation of power when he headed the Army and his call for Parliamentary elections brought representative government back to life. (You can read about him here.)
When Omar of Iraq the Model talks about how important it is not to lose to the terrorists in Iraq, he is also talking about the leadership Iraq needs.
We look for leaders, but perhaps we have to look in our mirrors. Glenn Reynolds sees us as An Army of Davids. David was a leader.
Who if not you? And we with you.