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amBush n. pre-emptive strike. v. to strike pre-emptively.

Bush-fire n. fire that, once started, rages out of control.

diplomacy n. management of international relations; skill in negotiation. (Amer. Eng.) shooting someone until they agree with you.

abase n. Guantanamo Bay (colloq.)

oxymoron n. United Nations.

mag cover This article is from the September 2004 issue of New Internationalist.
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