An Anchorless World

Wuss & Alpha Male

At dinner the other night, perusing the debacle that is Syria, a German friend observed: “It is the post-American world — and that means chaos.” We were joined by John Kornblum, the former U.S. ambassador to Germany, whose verdict was similar: “What you are seeing is the steady break-up of the postwar system.” […] A letter this week on the Syrian gassing to Der Spiegel from Dr. Tewes Wischmann of Heidelberg read: “We will be asked by our children what we did against this mass murder, as we asked our parents about Nazism. We will then lower our eyes and have to remain silent.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/13/opinion/global/cohen-an-anchorless-world.html

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