Friday, February 03, 2006

Playing out by the book?

Just looking at the events of the last few days, it doesn’t take long to see there is something greater that is going on in the world when it comes to our world’s civilizations, mainly between the countries of the West and those of Islam. With Iran's UN standoff, Hamas’s election victory and now the burning of Danish flags in Islamic countries around the world some further analysis might be useful.

Anyone watching the events unfolding in front of us would be doing themselves a disservice if they do not read brilliant Harvard political scientist, Samuel P. Huntington’s book “The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of the World Order”. Our friend Rich Lowery at the National Review has called Huntington “the most brilliant political scientist in America” and even the liberal New York Times calls him “one of the most eminent political scientist in the world”.

Huntington’s book first published in 1996, five years before 9/11, spends page after page describing a future world where civilizations would realign and no longer clash based on political ideology like Democracy vs. Communism but on culture. In one chapter he actually draws a map of the Ukraine speaking to the inevitable showdown that will occur within the country between the people in the west who relate to Christian Europe and those in the East who relate to Orthodox Russia. The Orange Revolution in the Ukraine last year had to be gratifying for Huntington and just one example of the many calls he made including the outbreak in France last year with its Muslim community.

Do yourself a favor and pick it up.

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