The attack on the Pentagon in Washington may have been aimed specifically at the United States, but those on the World Trade Center in New York, a supranational institution housing a multinational population in the greatest polyglot city in the world, was directed against the nerve centre of an international community of which the United States is certainly the heart but that embraces the whole developed world. That was why the whole of that world in fact, the whole world, with the exception only of a few predictable rogue states--immediately declared its support to the United States in its hour of need. To call the struggle against terrorism "America's War," perhaps even a war at all, is to miss its full significance, argues one of the world's most distinguished military historians. It is a global confrontation between those who believe in the values of the Enlightenment and those who detest and fear them. In this confrontation armed force must inevitably play a part, but it can never be won by militaries alone--not even those of the United States.
Naval War College Review (Autumn 2002), v.55 no.4, p.9-20