Europe Needs to Get Real

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FRATERNITE: European sympathy after Sept. 11 has largely evaporated

Any American who spends time in Europe will have lived through the moment — usually around 11 p.m., after Bordeaux or Bushmills has got the better of the guests — when an old friend wheels his gaze slowly around the dinner table, like a piece of mechanized artillery, until you're staring into his angry muzzle. Out comes a salvo of imprecations about American foreign policy and the United States in general. Call it the George W. Bush-cowboy-Palestine-death-penalty-Enron moment. This is a transatlantic tradition, of course, but there's something discomfiting about hearing such things (as I did recently) from someone who'd called...

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