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A longer version of this report aired on BBC World Service in November, 2001. View U.K. version.

First Lady Laura Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, left, and New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, right, applaud President Bush's address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2001. Photo: AP / Ron Edmonds
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Love & Hate—Where Britain Meets America
by Stephen Smith
A co-production of American RadioWorks and BBC Radio World Current Affairs

Among the more than 50 countries that have vowed their support for the fight against terrorism, Great Britain has been the America's closest ally. Within days of the terrorist attacks, British prime minister Tony Blair pledged that the United Kingdom would stand "shoulder to shoulder" with the U.S.

But despite allied military success in Afghanistan, British opponents to the war have been increasingly outspoken against the alliance with the United States, and against the U.S. itself. In a project with BBC World Current Affairs, American RadioWorks correspondent Stephen Smith set out with microphone in hand to see if people in Great Britain are as unfailingly warm and supportive of Americans as their leader Tony Blair. Then he came back to the U.S. to share what he found with some Americans.

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