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Thursday, Dec 27, 2001


When the Berlin Wall fell, it was supposed to have buried this epic narrative in its rubble. This was capitalismís decisive victory. Ideology is deadóletís go shopping. The end-of-history theory was understandably infuriating to those whose sweeping ideas lost the gladiatorial battles, whether it was global communism, or, in bin Ladenís case, an imperialist version of Islam. What is becoming clear post-September 11, however, is that historyís end also turned out to be a hollow victory for the U.S. cold warriors. Since 1989, many of them have missed their epic narrative as if it were a lost limb. Without ideology, shopping was just shopping.