Oh dear, it seems Nick has not been sacked by the Observer after all. Never mind. This week's offering is a barely coherent rumination on the xenophobia and isolationism of the Tory party. Exhibit A, afaics, is Tory policy toward intervention in the former Yugoslavia. The direct evidence that Tories "can be" anti-American is a crass remark by Malcolm Rifkind directed at John McCain and Bob Dole. But the substance of what Nick wants to convey is that the Tories wanted to stand back and do nothing whilst the United States was desperate to avoid a re-run of the Holocaust in Europe. The only problem with this is that it isn't true. Whilst the Clinton administration did come round to the idea of intervention in the former Yugoslavia, US policy for a long time was summed-up by Bush Snr's Secretary of State James Baker's remark that "we do not have dog in this fight". Tory policy and US policy were essentially the same.