I love this country, but the union jack leaves me cold.
But transitions from the politics of violence to democratic compromise are always messy.
To be in Florence is to reflect on Europe's intricate diversity - and its lost creativity.
The key to the survival of liberty in the modern world is the embrace of multiple identities.
Nuclear proliferation - the proliferation of WMDs altogether - is one of the greatest dangers of our time.
A central claim of the Bush administration's foreign policy is that the spread of democracy in the Middle East is the cure for terrorism.
Yet another thing Canadians and Europeans have in common is an obsession with the United States, and with distinguishing themselves from it, often by crude stereotyping.
One thing, however, I know with certainty: violence, or the direct threat of violence, of the kind we have seen in the past few days, is totally unjustified as a response to any published word or image.
No country in Europe has a larger proportion of men and women of immigrant descent, mainly from the African continent and mainly Muslim: an estimated six to seven million of them, or more than 10% of the population.
Developments in information technology and globalised media mean that the most powerful military in the history of the world can lose a war, not on the battlefield of dust and blood, but on the battlefield of world opinion.