By Nicholas Stix
The postwar Vienna-set, Carol Reed/Graham Greene masterpiece, The Third Man (1949), stars Joseph Cotten as Holly Martins, but revolves around “Harry Lime,” the character played by Orson Welles.
Harry is a blackmarketeer whose accomplices steal essential medicine for deathly-ill children. Harry would then water down the medicine, and re-sell it on the black market to parents and doctors who had to buy it from Harry’s gang at outrageously marked-up prices, because the gang had stolen it all! But because the medicine was, unbeknownst to the parents and doctors, watered-down, the children would die horrible deaths.
The Nietzschean Harry had no conscience about what he was doing. To him, people were just so many ants. Bill Clinton is the new Harry Lime, but with a Marxist flavor.