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By Manneken Pis   50

The first Carinthian war

By the time you read this, the war will probably be over. The Great Austrian blitzkrieg of the New Year 2000 will be another short engagement in the military history of the Age of Spin.

Feathers will almost certainly have been smoothed, compromises agreed, modus operandi established, and the political gesture revealed to be just that -a gesture. Final result: no dead; a few Austrian psyches wounded; EU popularity in the Habsburg lands: nul points.

Yet if one day your children ask what you felt when the giants of bien-pensant liberal democracy placed their tanks…

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