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America rampant or a world made safe? Galina J Michkovitch talks to Clinton's CIA director

Galina J Michkovitch: Can you explain the gulf between US and European views of the world?

James Woolsey: Well, it is not a US-European split. In the weeks before the Iraq war, 18 European countries backed the US and Britain while two backed France and Germany. (It is true that the public opinion polls in Europe were much more critical of the US.) Interestingly, many European states with recent experience of totalitarianism were favourable to the British/US view. Poland and Spain are good examples. Both experienced totalitarianism far more recently than France and Germany. The Franco-German view discounted the importance…

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