Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Running for cover

2 stories merge together today... Final approval for US Patriot Act and Republicans defy Bush over ports. Both conspire to point a fair way towards that old notion we need to constantly be reminded of again and again: America (and, by implication, the UK) is scared shitless. It keeps itself scared. It likes being scared.

There's probably a psychological/psychiatric classification for this when applied to the individual. Maybe political diplomacy would do well to look it up. Dealing with hysterically frightened individuals usually involves kid gloves (followed by a short, sharp pounce to restrain them :) so maybe there's a more international equivalent out there (instead of just threatening to bomb each other all the time)...

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