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Old September 27 2012, 02:02 PM   #17
Re: TWOK What If--Khan wins

Umm, it should probably be pointed out that Ahab, even if mad as a hatter, had a very careful and perfectly workable plan for catching Moby Dick. He might not have outlined the course of his life beyond the successful kill, but that's quite different from lacking a plan due to madness.

Khan was sort of the reverse Ahab: his madness was built into his character where Ahab was the immaculate Quaker; his plan of revenge was haphazard where Ahab's was detailed; his skills with his trade were outdated or nonexistent where Ahab was up to date on all aspects of whaling; and his worries would have just begun with the killing of Kirk where Ahab would have lived happily ever after and capitalized on his improved whaling skills and reputation, had Moby Dick just had the decency to die in his hands.

Timo Saloniemi
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