The West’s open societies are under attack. It’s time to brace for a fight.
The extent to which the United States and Europe doubt the worth of their own systems and values has become self-destructive.
Pride in past achievements is great but far from good enough. The West needs to pursue a bold, imaginative agenda, lead an effort to redesign the international system, and make it work better.
The latest “scandal” over NSA support from Germany’s foreign intelligence service reveals Berlin’s political class as ever willing to ride the tiger of German anger toward the Americans – and score cheap political points.