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The great divide

Robert Kagan's celebrated analysis of the widening Atlantic is half right. But, as the split over Iraq shows, Europe is a diverse place and wields power in other ways.

By Timothy Garton-Ash   84

Anti-Americanism has reached a fevered intensity, Robert Kagan reported from Europe recently in the Washington Post. In London one finds Britain’s finest minds propounding, in sophisticated language and melodious Oxbridge accents, the conspiracy theories of Pat Buchanan concerning the ‘neoconservative’ (read: Jewish) hijacking of US foreign policy. Britain’s most gifted scholars sift through American writings about Europe searching for signs of derogatory sexual imagery.

The last sentence must be a reference to a recent essay I wrote in the New York Review of Books. Well, thanks for the compliment but no thanks for the implication. If I’m anti-American, then Robert…

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