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BUSH ISN'T BEAT YET.

Byline: IAN PAISLEY JNR DUP Assembly Member

DESPITE of the best intentions of the anti-war contingent, the Bush visit has so far been so good.

Indeed the latest atrocities against the British in Turkey and Iraq will only serve to undermine the demonstrators.

The anti-war contingent has no credibility. Most citizens, while they have concerns about the war, have no appetite for not backing our soldiers.

Neither have they any heart to see the Saddam regime reinvented or an even more unstable situation in Iraq created by a premature withdrawal of troops from that troubled land.

Bush may get a bad press. He's an easy target for sarcastic journalists and pip-squeaks who have done less with their lives than Bush. He may be flawed but he has hit a chord with most people that you must stand up to the bully.

I hope Blair learns the lesson. He stands in Bush's shadow because he is regarded as a restraining figure.

He is regarded as a man who would give Saddam a second chance just as he's given the IRA several chances here.

Blair is a weak leader while Bush is a determined and strong leader.

It's about time Blair faced up to his responsibilities and faced down terror closer to home.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 21, 2003
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