Chris Patten

Chris Patten is a former European commissioner for external relations.

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Europe and the Middle East

While Bush has done nothing to solve the Israeli-Palestinian impasse, Europe has stood idly by. It's time for the continent to assert itself.

It is extremely unlikely that there will be an equitable and lasting settlement in the Middle East without the balanced and sustained involvement and leadership of the United States. As the only superpower in a world of increasingly influential lesser powers, the United States matters everywhere. No one else does. Donald Rumsfeld might have called this reality a "known known."