Excuse me, there's no reason to start name-calling and personal attacks. I was not being impolite in any way.
I wasn't asking you to google his name. I was saying that if you had to google to find out who he was, there's little point trying to debate these people about it until you understand the situation better. It's impossible to have a clear picture of this without knowing about the people involved; a lot of how this whole thing has played out is due to the personal interactions between developers and the bad blood that has ensued. There have been dozens of turning points at which people could have found ways to cooperate more, for the better interest of all parties involved, but instead ended up slinging mud, epithets, and incivilities and going their separate ways.
I'm not placing blame on any one party. There are real causes for disagreement, negotiation and coming to workable agreements can be very hard tasks, and these people are engineers, not trained diplomats, so perhaps sometimes nobody should be blamed for not finding how to cooperate. In the cases where there really is blame to be assigned, though I'd guess that Weir has hurt his own cause more than most other folks, I for one am not in a position to judge.
When you talk to people about the split, they will talk about licenses and corporate interests and committer counts and consumer choice and unity. If you aren't aware of a little more of the background you're missing a lot of subtext, and if you debate these people about it you'll just be talking past each other.