Wednesday :: Jul 12, 2006

Like Going Home Again For The First Time

by pessimist

King George is about to invade Russia. He might want to remember what happened to the previous tyrants who tried it.

But before he goes to St. Petersburg, he's stopping off in the seaside town of Stralsund in the north-east state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany, to meet, as he put it, "folks who grew up on the wrong side of the Iron Curtain".

They are less than enthused by his visit:

"It's a bit like Communist East Germany again," said Monty Schädel, spokesman for Germany's Peace Association. The Social Democrats have described the US president as unerwünscht - not wanted.

Officials have invited 1,000 carefully selected guests to meet Mr Bush - which includes 300 soldiers dressed in civilian clothes. Ordinary people have been told to stay indoors. All shops in the town's historic market have been shut, and cars, rubbish bins and flowerpots have been removed.

"In Communist times the authorities bussed in lots of loyal party officials to clap and shout 'hurrah'." [said Schädel]

That's our George - the life of the Party. Where WOULD we be without him?

I, for one, would love to find out.

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