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Tuesday, September 12, 2006
  New York after the rain II (September 12)
Europe: After the rain...

A less virtual version (the original: "Europe after the rain II") hangs in the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut. Completed by Max Ernst in 1942.

A much more realistic version can be found in New York, a 120-mile drive away:

Sixty years ago, these infamous words were uttered in Nuremberg:

"Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger."
—Reichmarshall Hermann Goering, April 1946

Only six years ago, these infamous words were uttered in New York:

"This is an impressive crowd - the haves and the have-mores. Some people call you the elites; I call you my base."
Bush And Gore Do New York (CBS), Oct. 20, 2000

And not even two years ago, these words were uttered on behalf of the Bush-Cheney election campaign:

"We want people to think 'terrorism' for the last four days," said a Bush-Cheney campaign official. "And anything that raises the issue in people's minds is good for us."

A senior GOP strategist added, "anything that makes people nervous about their personal safety helps Bush."

He called
[the timely release of the new bin Laden tape just before the election] "a little gift," saying it helps the President...
See tape as boost for Prez (New York Daily News), October 30, 2004

And then - surprise, surprise - just last month this story broke:

Plot or Ploy? by Dylan Matthews (Slate Magazine), Aug. 17, 2006

Yeah. I feel an election coming on...
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