... because of its minimality one should think of it as a VM with incredible efficient JIT performance.
Now think of benchmarks where a "python2js" conversion runs 10 times faster than a "perl2js" because you can't use ++ but you need a method inc(), which has to handle a special case which is only known to a little minority of people ...
Wouldn't you love to have a pragma telling the compiler: No Sir, I don't need that magic here! ?
UPDATE: added quotes.