Is there a country in the world--besides Germany--where the local Green Party isn't dumber than burnt toast? Apparently the Prime Minister of Australia made a saluting gesture towards US President George W. Bush, and it's been blown way the heck out of proportion. Naturally, the Australian Green Party (and I'll give them some credit, I haven't heard about any of their electoral candidates expressing sympathy and brotherhood with Al Qaeda like one of Canada's did last time around) takes the opportunity to put its most prominent wingnut on TV to say something stupid.
Australian television repeatedly broadcast videos of the gesture Thursday on the sidelines of the Bucharest summit and speculated about what it meant, while opposition lawmakers said it belittled Australia.
"We are not the 51st state of the United States of America and Mr. Rudd's salute carried a subservient connotation many Australians won't like," said Bob Brown, leader of the minor opposition Greens party.
Apparently the Green predeliction for stupidity transcends borders. Huzzah!