Monday, September 23, 2002

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's governing coalition narrowly won the German parliamentary election. Just a few weeks ago Schroeder was significantly behind in the polls, and had been given up for dead. He deftly managed to shift the focus of the voters from the economy to Germany's reaction to the coming American war on Iraq, and in effect managed to transform the German election into a referendum on the new unilateralism of the American Hegemon. The release of Bush's scary new doctrine on the eve of the German election may actually have decided the issue (do you think the American junta wanted Schroeder to win, did they not care, or are they just stupid to release such a doctrine right before the German election?). Comparing Bush to Hitler appears to have gone over well with the Germans, if not with the American junta (Bush's similarity to Hitler is his disdain for all norms of international law and relations, and his insistence on using war for the sole purpose of obtaining the selfish goals of his gang of thugs at the expense of the destruction of understandings and laws between nations that have taken hundreds of years to create). Has there been another case where an election in a developed country was so clearly a rejection of the United States and its rulers?