Just Don't Mention the War

God must like Gerhard Schröder. first, the lord sent the Great Flood that inundated eastern Germany, and, lo, as the Chancellor bestrode the broken dikes with a serious mien and a generous hand, his ratings began to creep up. For several months, his Social Democratic Party (SPD) had been trailing Edmund Stoiber's Christian Democrats by 6 or 7 points. So calling the Sept. 22 election was a no-brainer: goodbye, Gerhard; hello, Edmund.

Then came a second godsend, those rumblings of war in faraway Iraq. A consummate opportunist, Schröder started playing the pacifist card. No, Germany would not participate...

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