The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Friends last week and next week, but not this week

Oct 7, 2002

A few months ago, it appeared that Chancellor Gerhard Schroder would lose the elections – reproached by the electorate for a dismal economy.

But then Schroder found a good election issue: in the last weeks before the election, Schroder announced his opposition to Bush's plan for a war against Iraq. That was enough to win him re-election, given the overwhelming opposition in Germany to such a war.

Almost as soon as the election was over, Schroder was back to trying to worm his way into Bush's good graces.

And German voters who liked Schroder's anti-war stance will find out how their votes stack up if the U.S. decides to go to war – just like those who count on the Democrats to stop the drive toward war.