Javier Solana is the former EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the former Secretary General of NATO.
In his prophetic speech of 1838, Abraham Lincoln predicted a generation before the Civil War that if the United States ever fell, it would not be due to an external threat, but rather internal strife. “It will not come from abroad,” he said. “If destruction is our destiny, we ourselves must be its originator and finisher.”
At serious historical moments, the concerns of its greatest leaders always return to the American political debate. In a speech in Philadelphia this month, President Joe Biden expressed concerns about American democracy that were eerily similar to Lincoln’s.