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Decade of disorder

We made many mistakes after 9/11, particularly in Afghanistan. We must learn to work together

I was in Newcastle on 9/11, giving a speech about the future of manufacturing in the northeast. I was chuffed to get my first interview at the BBC regional TV studio. Then I heard about the attack on the first tower in a taxi on the way to South Shields.

The decade since has been the most traumatic for the west since the 1930s. Now, as the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, we must ask ourselves how to draw a line under it, and salvage a position of stability and confidence. It will demand a radical shift in the way…

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