The Phoney War Revisited
The parallels between 1930's Europe and today's Europe are explored in The Belmont Club's Re-reading William Manchester's "Alone". It is classic Wretchard: Intelligent, insightful and thought provoking.
It is an old and familiar story which bears repeating because it illustrates how far leaders can be trapped by webs of their own making. Like the politicians of the 1930s the leaders of the West after September 11 each made their own calculation. In America's case it took the shape of thinking that it could make common cause with the most enlightened elements of Islamic civilization against fundamentalist extremists who were vying for Islam's soul.