Saturday, September 04, 2004

Arnold's True Lies?

Arnold Schwarzenegger stretched the truth when he gave his talk at the republican national Convention this week. The tanks he saw and scared him as a child were in all likelihood British not Russian since he lived in an area of Austria occupied by Great Britain after World War II. As to his leaving a socialist Austria in 1968, the Austrian chancellors between 1945 and 1970 were conservatives. When he left the Austrian government was run by a coalition government whose leader was Josef Klaus, a staunch Roman Catholic and a vocal critic of communists and socialists. Of course, the story Schwarzenegger said made sense in Hollywood and also in politics which is becoming more and more cinematic.

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