‘WEST’ DOESN’T EX­IST

The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment&analysis -

In her ar­ti­cle on Iran ( JC, April 25), Me­lanie Phillips says that, as in the 1930s, the West once again has failed to take the ap­pro­pri­ate in­ter­me­di­ate steps. What ex­actly is the “West” which, ap­par­ently, has a con­ti­nu­ity of iden­tity over eight decades?

Cer­tainly, there are sim­i­lar threats of war, dic­ta­tor­ship, an­tisemitism etc, but let us re­mem­ber that the Euro­pean Fas­cist pow­ers threat­ened both West­ern and East­ern Europe, the USSR in­cluded.

There is noth­ing wrong with draw­ing analo­gies, but this “West” is a re­mark­ably amoe­bic beast. Jeff Lewis Wood Grove, White­field, Manch­ester

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