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Wednesday, Jan 30, 2002

tete a tete

"I'm disappointed that, after all that build-up, you don't have a detailed long-run plan for fighting terrorism, but I'm happy to see you embracing my hobbyhorse, "world governance." The first time I heard you do this was while you and I were debating in early 2001 in New York. At the time I wasn't sure whether you meant it or were just staging a pre-emptive strike, trying to keep me from lecturing you about the need for an enforceable biological weapons convention. (Only a year earlier, I had used you as a classic example of a world-governance skeptic.) But I'm starting to think you may be serious. Your sentence about patriotism becoming "obsolete" was dreamier than even I normally get!"