What do you think these folks have in common? Believe me, diverse as they are ethnically, in time and geographically they all shared something. Not everyone shared this but...some used this.
Ho Chi Minh
Zhou En Lai
Saloth Sar better knows as Pol Pot
But you've figured it out.
All but the Ayatollah, who did formulate some of his teachings in his French exile, spent time in their formative youth studying, working and learning about the French Revolutionary tenets. Paris is where Zhou en Lai, joined the Communist party and worked at the Citroën car plant, Ho, a student worked as a photographers assistant, Pol Pot studied at the radio electricity school courtesy of a Cambodian prince funding and didn't do his homework. He joined the Communist party and then came up with own theories based on Marx. Marx studied at the libraries and met Engels for coffee. Lenin, stood in the shadow of the popular Trotsky, and sulked at the Bibliotheque Nationale when he wasn't arguing with Modigliani.
Benjamin Franklin came over to find ideas for the Constitution and Jefferson did too and took architectural ideas for Monticello and Washington, DC.
Who would ever have thought they'd come up with what they did?
Cara - Tuesday