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US: The London visit of President Bush; 'Shoot-to-kill' demand by U.S.
Regarding the visit to London of President Bush, Phyllis Gardner says:
"It was planned over 17 months ago, long before the current crisis, when no one would have envisioned this level of animosity. Just a bare few months later, the British were widely demonstrating against the war (I personally witnessed a very large London demonstration), and this became eminently predictable. But the plans for a state visit were already in place, placing Tony Blair in an ever more awkward situation.
I remember living in London when Reagan came through . What a different affair! He had a small motorcade that came through Regent's Park where I was running; I could see him through the windows. He and Margaret Thatcher were in a lovefest, which some disdained, but no one got angry about".
Bob Gard and others have written in similar vein. The difference between the Reagan and the Bush visits confirms my belief that the planners of the Bush visit were the PR crowd that had him land on a battleship. The war crisis increased security concerns, but the show business was there beforehand. Ironically, Reagan was a product of the show business. Schwarzenegger was sworn in today as Governor of California. When he travels it will be like Gulliver in Lilliput. What photo ops!"
Ronald Hilton - 11.16.03