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Sunday, September 29, 2002
A serious news day

It is a traditional tactic for leaders to stir up their people about an imagined, trivial, or external threat when things aren't going too well for them. The US Hebrew Gog (George W. Bush; anag.) has been justly accused that, in seeking to divert attention from the US economy and the inability to find Bin Laden, he is being unnecessarily warlike about Iraq. And he has midterm elections to think of, too. Perhaps the (now sacked) German justice minister Herta Daeubler-Gmelin went a little bit too far in having pointed out that distraction abroad was a favourite Hitler tactic, but the point is important.

Looking at today's papers, one would be entitled to think that we were not getting closer to going to war - our newspapers seem to be mesmerised about a long-dead love story and its implications.There seem to be more pages about John Major and Edwina Currie than about the increasingly ridiculous position on Iraq.

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