Sunday, August 29, 2010

Imagine a World with No State Sponsored Religion

"The greatest advantage of Huntington's civilizational model of international relations is that it reflects the world as it is-not as we wish it to be. It allows us to distinguish friends from enemies. And it helps us to identify the internal conflicts within civilizations, particularly the historic rivalries between Arabs, Turks and Persians for leadership of the Islamic world.

But divide and rule cannot be our only policy. We need to recognize the extent to which the advance of radical Islam is the result of an active propaganda campaign. According to a CIA report written in 2003, the Saudis invested at least $2 billion a year over a 30-year period to spread their brand of fundamentalist Islam. The Western response in promoting our own civilization was negligible.
Our civilization is not indestructible: It needs to be actively defended. This was perhaps Huntington's most important insight. The first step towards winning this clash of civilizations is to understand how the other side is waging it-and to rid ourselves of the One World illusion."

There's not much I'm certain about as regards the 'War on Terror', Huntington's CoC model, or how to combat 'exported fundamentalist/puritanical Islam' - except that the greater to US's economic strength, the better able we'll be to respond to the threats.  More liberty means more wealth and strength.

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