The fear, the doubts are rooted in doubt and fear of the American system itself, fear and doubt of the ever-new conflicts and exacerbation of old ones that it ceaselessly breeds, and fear and doubt because both Western Europe and the millions in the Far East maintain a stiff and very often aggressive hostility to taking the achievements and traditions of America as a model. … Thus the greatest power in Western civilisation no longer knows what to believe about itself.
And I end the column by asking my mainly Pakistani readers:
What do you want to know or understand better about America, beyond the obvious or cliché? Please email me, and please be as concrete as possible.
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