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opinion | Stephen Kinzer

Europe’s wimpy servility is really wisdom

The United States and Europe are drifting slowly apart. This may be to the benefit of both, but the prospect of a more independent Europe distresses some in Washington. They complain, ever more loudly since Russia’s seizure of Crimea, that Europe refuses to take enough responsibility for its own security. Some European countries are not responding to the land grab in ways the United States deems sufficiently tough or confrontational.

This is a preview of things to come. The Crimea crisis demonstrates an important geopolitical truth that the United States would be wise to recognize: For reasons of history and especially geography, Europeans and Americans see the world much differently.

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