In Austria, The Fall Of an Extremist

There are few political obituaries more enjoyable to write than that of Joerg Haider, so I won’t resist the temptation: As of yesterday, Haider, the Austrian politician who came bouncing onto the political scene a few years ago wearing Spandex bicycle shorts, denouncing immigrants and spouting carefully crafted nuggets of Anschluss nostalgia, is officially a spent force. Continue reading “In Austria, The Fall Of an Extremist”

Iraqniphobia: If he wants European support for attacking Saddam, Bush must present his case.

Why talk about Iraq? Why talk about it now? I don’t have a full explanation myself, but there it is: Suddenly, simultaneously, everyone around the world seems to be arguing about whether their country should or should not support the imminent American invasion of Iraq. Continue reading “Iraqniphobia: If he wants European support for attacking Saddam, Bush must present his case.”