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Europe, U.S. Diverge on How to Fight Terrorism

While President Bush was giving an address earlier this month describing the war on terrorism as “not a figure of speech” but “an inescapable calling of our generation,” the official in charge of overseeing Europe’s counterterrorism efforts was offering a far different assessment. “Europe is not at war,” Javier Solana, foreign policy chief for the European Union, told a German newspaper. “We have to energetically oppose terrorism, but we mustn’t change the way we live.” Between those two declarations lies a gap that reflects the different modern histories, cultures and approaches to terrorism of the United States and Europe, according to politicians and analysts on the continent. Full Story

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