A model for the Pomeron at t=0 is suggested. It is based on
the idea of a finite sum of ladder diagrams in QCD. Accordingly, the
number of s-channel gluon rungs and correspondingly the powers of
logarithms in the forward scattering amplitude depends on the phase
space (energy) available, i.e. as energy increases, progressively new
prongs with additional gluon rungs in the s-channel open. Explicit
expressions for the total cross section involving two and three rungs
or, alternatively, three and four prongs (with $\ln^2(s)$ and $\ln^3(s)$
as highest terms) is fitted to the proton-proton and
proton-antiproton total cross section data in the accelerator region.

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