as though

The U.S. had unrivaled global power and influence, more than at any other time in history. Yet instead of using it to shape a new global framework to protect and project the values of democracy and human rights—as Truman had done immediately to put Stalin in check—the free world acted as though the fight had been won once and for all.

-Garry Kasparov ‘The U.S.S.R. Fell—and the World Fell Asleep‘ The Wall Street Journal

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