Watching from the UK, the Terri Schiavo case makes the US look like a very weird and deeply troubled polity. All those homely and patronising sermons about “government of laws not of men &c”, and then the US Congress passes a law to deal with a particular case and to subvert a prior decision of the judiciary, just so that Republicans can grandstand to their Christian fundamentalist base (see Obsidian Wings for the best commentary so far ). And all this signed into law by a President who, when governor of Texas, approved a measure to switch off life support where people didn’t have the money to pay any more . I note, by the way, that the so-called “right-to-life” brigade have been pretty free with their use of Nazi analogies on this one. Since any Nazi-comparison (however casual) involving George W. Bush, Ariel Sharon, Daily Mail journalists or Abu Ghraib elicits instant howls of outrage from the British-based neocon cheerleaders, I expect we’ll be hearing from them shortly. Or not.