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January 30, 2003

This editorial by The Guardian was written a day or so before the Blix Report was made public; before the interpretations of this key text scattered in all directions and the politicians made it mean whatever they needed it to mean. "I was right all along' etc. etc.

Called Endgame it clearly outlines the next steps will be taken over the next week or so and the momentum of events. It offers good advice: don't listen to the politicians, watch the military buildup.

President Bush's State of the Union speech can be found here For the European reaction see Security Council remains unswayed. For an interpretation of this speeech that raises good questions, see In George we trust, or do we?

For a very critical account of John Howard by a senior Australia journalist see Michelle Gratten's Talk to us honestly, Mr Howard; for the Howard deceptions see President comes clean and Time Howard stopped playing deadly game of charades;for Carmen Lawrence's response How many dead Iraqis will it take?

I fear the die is cast.

The public's distrust of politicians has deepened. The politicians will now begin the diplomatic and publicity campaign to get international and domestic backing for a war with Iraq.

Nowhere did I see mention a concern for building a liberal-democratic, multination Iraq.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 12:30 AM | | Comments (0)