Courtesy Reuters

The West faces dangers and difficulties. In varying degrees we are all conscious of them and of the confusion that tangles so much Western policy. Admittedly we would do better if we could work out our plans and purposes together, but this seems constantly further from our reach. The intention of this article is to diagnose our failings, remembering those which have afflicted other alliances in the past, and to suggest some remedies.

The first phenomenon to be noted, for the whole argument will be clouded unless it be understood, is the overwhelming and still growing preponderant power of the

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