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The sheer diversity of the threats facing the world today evokes the tragic farces of Luigi Pirandello.Still others, highlighting the rise of virulent right-wing populism in the United States and parts of Europe, declare that the real danger lies within.If, say, Islamist terrorism is the principal threat, then it might make sense for the West to align itself with Russia in the fight against it.In fact, exaggerating the threat of Islamist terrorism, while downplaying the threat of right-wing populism, could well play directly into Russian President Vladimir Putin's hands.The struggle to prioritize threats is not exclusive to the West. For Vietnam, Indonesia and Singapore, it is difficult to discern whether North Korea actually poses a greater threat than the giant and increasingly nationalistic China.When it comes to prioritizing today's threats, there are no easy answers. It didn't take long to find out the true threat the Nazis posed.The battle against Islamist terrorism is important, but it should not overshadow – much less undermine – the imperative to protect our democracies from the threat of right-wing populism.If Europeans cannot develop – with lucidity, firmness, and dedication – enlightened solutions to the threats they face, who can?
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