Saturday, December 1, 2007

American Suez

I have a new World At Large column up.

Does the Iraq War mark the end of America’s influence? With the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 America was hailed — at least in the US — as the world’s only superpower and now, just sixteen years later, many wonder if it is choking on its own hubris.

This is not the first time a single event was used to mark the end of an imperial power. Back in 1956 the Suez Crisis brought an end to centuries of imperialism by Britain, France, and, by extension, Europe. That Crisis was sparked by the Egyptian government’s decision to nationalize the Suez Canal....

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