Very entertaining post. Thanks!
The use of English as the common denominator for a programmer is the result of a fluke of history that just happens to work out for the best, not by design but by circumstance.
I'd like to point out an analogy to this debate. The location of the prime meridian and the world wide navigation system that is based on it. It wasn't until 1884 that the world settled on Greenwich England as the location of the PM. Before that time, the location of the PM was hotly debated with nationalist pride. The French wanted it to run through Paris. Even last year a leading muslim scholar demanded it be changed to run through Mecca.
In 1675 Greenwich was chosen as the site the royal observatory because (1) it was on top of a hill, (2) close enough to London to get to in reasonable about of time, (3) far enough from London's lights to allow observation of the stars. Over time it became the official Royal Navy Observatory where the Royal Navy produced all of England's maritime navigation tools (charts, almanacs, etc.).
England eventually became a world superpower, and the Greenwich's navigation products were used all over the British empire, more or less. The Americans had their own PM running through Washington DC.
Now here is the cool part. There is only one longitude on the planet that doesn't divide countries or major population areas. That is the longitude that runs between Alaska and Russia, and down the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It does skirt some small South Pacific islands. But on the whole, it impacts the least people and commerce.
That longitude became the International Date Line (IDL). It is where time, as measured by man, crosses from one day to the next. The polar opposite of the IDL (180 degrees away) has to be the Prime Meridian, which happens to run right through Greenwich England, which happens to the the place that the British Empire based their navigation systems.
When the Greenwich Observatory was founded, I doubt that anyone thought for one minute that it would become the cornerstone of the world's navigation reference system. Just dumb luck really.