"Let's face it, arguing which is better is basically pointless. They're all ... the same game with a few minor tweaks. If you play any of them you're still playing D&D. And for the most part if your playing any version of OE, 1E, 2E, 3E, 3.5, 4E it's still D&D!"
I'd like to think that could be the final word on this subject and we could all get back to discussing actual game ideas and sharing stories, rather than bickering like religious zealots, but I'm not that naive.
(NSFW - Monty Python: The Life Of Brian)