George W.H. Bush and Fukuyama belonged to different generations, but their message was not radically different. In his State of the Nation address in 1990, Bush argued that the USA was not just a place, it was an idea. That idea, however, could be the world’s. The world needed an idea. In other places, however, there were other ideas, also ones which transcended place. The Middle East, with its particular sites of violence, once again moved to the fore as the place where, in new circumstances, ‘East’ and ‘West’ again met. What was not anticipated in 1991 occurred in 2 00 1, namely ‘its’ violence came to the USA. A new kind of world war seemed to be taking place with at least the semblance of a war of ‘civilizations’. As the world was in the Middle East so the Middle East had entered the world.
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