International relations as high school cliques
What we call the adult world is often just an extension of high school. In the political order, especially, high school cliques persist.
The United States is the jock: Confident, swaggering, ready for anything; simultaneously brauny and friendly.
The Islamist terrorists are the gangs: Amoral, unpredictable, vicious; only hang out with like-minded crazies.
Canada is the geek (formerly called the nerd): Shy, slightly out of sorts, brainy, ardently wishes the jock would be nicer to the gang members, aspires to be artsy (see Europe).
Europe is the artsy crowd: Painfully fashionable, gossipy, and -- under the guise of individuality -- prone to resembling all the other individualist rebels; hopes against hope that the gangs will just go away.