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The end of the west?

The inflammation of US nationalism since 9/11 has blinded it to the potential strategic disaster of a split with Europe

By Anatol Lieven   September 2002

A year ago, in the immediate aftermath of the attacks of 11th September, I wrote in Prospect of the need for the US and its allies to launch a “ferocious retaliation” in response. I still believe that this response was necessary. The Taleban regime was overthrown and al Qaeda scattered, but the nature of the country, the proximity of the tribal areas of Pakistan, and the reluctance of US commanders to use large numbers of troops on the ground all meant that victory was not as sweeping as it might have been. Most al Qaeda leaders are still at large.…

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