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To: Publius6961; Valin; FreedomPoster; Happy2BMe; Guillermo; JohnHuang2; Imagine
Samuel P. Huntington is almost certainly correct that the next several years will see a clash between Western Civilization and Islamic Civilization, but the result of this encounter is foreordained, if not the particulars of how we'll arrive at the conclusion. There are really only two alternatives : either Islam will reform itself and become more like the West on its own--including, most importantly, separating church and state and accepting greater economic inequalities as the price to be paid for greater growth in general--or Islam will be devastated in war and will be rebuilt, even if against its will, along Western lines, as happened in Japan after WWII. It just is not possible to envision a scenario in which Islam succeeds in defeating the West. If, God forbid, the West ever really had its back to the wall it would undoubtedly unleash a thermonuclear, biological and/or chemical holocaust in the Middle East (and probably Indonesia) which would essentially annihilate Islam. As Victor Davis Hanson has written in his terrific book Carnage and Culture, the single factor that has been most significant in the repeated victory of the West in global conflicts has been the ruthlessness and finality with which it prosecutes war. The West has been more willing than other civilizations to utterly destroy enemies. There is no reason to believe that it would not do so again……………………..http://www.brothersjudd.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/reviews.detail/book_id/342/The%20Clash%20of%20Civilizations%20and%20the%20Remaking%20of%20World%20Order.htm
29 posted on 09/06/2003 7:44:44 AM PDT by Helms ("I Want My MTV" (More Televised Vulgarity))
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Fine.
32 posted on 09/06/2003 9:23:41 AM PDT by Imagine ( A)
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