Is two sometimes better than one?

Food for thought:

Visiting German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said in Beijing on Monday his country backed Beijing’s ”one-China” policy.

”Germany has experience of what it means when a country is separated,” Schroeder said.


If he had been told back in the 1970s that the East Germans wanted West Germany to join them as a single country with the East German government still in power would he have leapt at the opportunity? Somehow I suspect he might have thought that separation was indeed better — much better — than sleeping with the devil.

The Discussion: 5 Comments

Those two ideas are just not in the same taxi cab. One is heading downtown, the other is heading uptown, for coffee.

December 2, 2003 @ 11:45 pm | Comment

I agree with you. China – Taiwan is not the same as West-East Germany. It was Schroeder who made the comparison, and I just wanted to get across that two is not always better than one.

December 3, 2003 @ 7:35 am | Comment

I thought exactly that when I heard it on the news last night. I thought that was one of the dumbest things I have ever heard.

December 3, 2003 @ 4:54 pm | Comment

I’m with you Richard, that was the perfect retort. First rate. Wish I’d thought of it.

Of course, now I’ll just steal it.

December 3, 2003 @ 5:14 pm | Comment

But I think I should have said “One is not always better than two….”

December 3, 2003 @ 6:28 pm | Comment

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