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I am constantly surprised at the german political leadership clinging so faithfully to Bush White House propaganda. Just as the French, they showed great independence in the run up to the Iraq debacle, but somewhere along the line they musta realised how much fun it is to just lie and lie and lie and get ridiculously invasive legislation through by scaring the public silly.

Something wrong with the economy ? Look, over there !!! Terrorists !!! be afraid, be very afaid, the muslims are coming.

I would like to think the german public are too cynical, but I see no signs of that asserting itself.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Sep 16th, 2007 at 11:13:24 AM EST
Just as the French, they showed great independence in the run up to the Iraq debacle, but somewhere along the line

...there was a government change.

Schäuble is a longtime Atlanticist, and observers in the media noted that he seems to follow a quite conscious policy of "off-hand" provocative taboo-breaking and/or scaremongering statements, which seem inspired by the Republican march to the right.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sun Sep 16th, 2007 at 12:14:37 PM EST
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I see no signs of that asserting itself.

What about polls on the Afghanistan deployment, despite politicians increasingly speaking of it in connection with terrorism (from Realo Greens to CDU)?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sun Sep 16th, 2007 at 12:16:55 PM EST
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That's just populism.

You should know by now populism doesn't count.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Sep 16th, 2007 at 03:30:56 PM EST
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I'm not sure that's a given. At any rate I can think of at least one person who would disagree.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sun Sep 16th, 2007 at 04:36:18 PM EST
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