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Wednesday, October 27, 2004


Other people's business

The campaign by the British daily newspaper The Guardian to encourage its readers to e-mail voters in Clark County, Ohio, with messages about the forthcoming presidential election seems to have backfired. The Guardian has been deluged with abusive replies from outraged Americans.

They have a point. How would we feel if we were subjected to unsolicited e-mails from Americans telling us how to vote in our general election next year?

Then it occurred to me. For the first time, thousands of Americans have experienced first-hand what it is like to have foreigners interfere in their internal affairs. It's not nice, is it?

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