Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: The clash of Civilizations

An interesting article by the brave and intelligent Ayaan Hirsi Ali. I don't like to see things in this way, but I am increasingly being forced to see that this is indeed the case. The West does need to protect its way of life and civilization. Is it already to late. The left seems to serve as a fifth column in this regard.

How to Win the Clash of Civilizations
The key advantage of Huntington's famous model is that it describes the world as it is—not as we wish it to be.


What do the controversies around the proposed mosque near Ground Zero, the eviction of American missionaries from Morocco earlier this year, the minaret ban in Switzerland last year, and the recent burka ban in France have in common? All four are framed in the Western media as issues of religious tolerance. But that is not their essence. Fundamentally, they are all symptoms of what the late Harvard political scientist Samuel Huntington called the "Clash of Civilizations," particularly the clash between Islam and the West.

Huntington's argument is worth summarizing briefly for those who now only remember his striking title. The essential building block of the post-Cold War world, he wrote, are seven or eight historical civilizations of which the Western, the Muslim and the Confucian are the most important.

The balance of power among these civilizations, he argued, is shifting. The West is declining in relative power, Islam is exploding demographically, and Asian civilizations—especially China—are economically ascendant. Huntington also said that a civilization-based world order is emerging in which states that share cultural affinities will cooperate with each other and group themselves around the leading states of their civilization.

The West's universalist pretensions are increasingly bringing it into conflict with the other civilizations, most seriously with Islam and China. Thus the survival of the West depends on Americans, Europeans and other Westerners reaffirming their shared civilization as unique—and uniting to defend it against challenges from non-Western civilizations.


byng said...

this small, defiant, enlightened, persecuted, courageous genius is trying to tell us something, that most, including all of the MSM, are loathe to hear - all of her books should be on everyone's must read list

been around the block said...

Houston, that is, Ottawa, we have a problem.

Vis a vis "the clash of civilizations," most of us here in the West don't know we have a civilization: Huh? What's that?

Here in the West, we've divested the last three or four generations of any sense of accomplishment or pride, presenting the moral, ethical, and technological victories and innovations of their British/European ancestors as disasters ... for who? For the native people of North America and any other visible minority whose sensibilities may have been wounded by European colonization, which, truth to tell, brought liberal (in the original sense of the word), democratic principles to North America.

One of our biggest problems against the forces that would destroy Western civilization, is that too many of us in the West have been completely disarmed. We suffer from historical amnesia as a result of being hypnotized by the incessant anti-Western propaganda spewing into every classroom at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary level, aided and abetted by the leftards in the media and our Opposition parties here in Canada. Much the same thing is happening throughout the Western sphere.

We're dying from the inside out, and the Islamists have simply seized the day.

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