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The lofty left

Many on the British left have failed to understand how the US is behaving in this war

By Steven Teles   November 2001

As i sit down to write these words the military response to the terrorist attack on the US is only a few days old, but one thing is clear. The fears of the British left that a vengeful America would carpet-bomb Afghan cities without regard to civilians has proved wrong. Far from waging a Huntingtonian battle of civilisations, the US government has bent over backwards to embrace Islam in a way it has never done before. How is it that the fears of the British left and the reality of the US response are at such odds?

The reason the…

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