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MY BROLLY

Substantive, carefully argued criticism, John, but my point doesn’t change. The West (and by that, I mean primarily the nation that is doing most of the work, the US) is, as you may have noticed, involved in a very wide-ranging, and complex, struggle with Islamic extremism, a struggle that, to varying degrees, has spread over a disturbingly large part of the globe. The US currently faces no greater challenge and, quite conceivably, danger. When America considers, therefore, how to react to what is occurring in the Lebanon, it has to ask itself the question whether what is now happening there is helping its efforts in a wider struggle that this country needs to win. That’s a more complicated question than it sounds, of course, but I’m pretty sure that the answer is no.

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