Wednesday, August 17, 2005

The True Clash of Civilizations - Global Policy Forum - Globalization

The True Clash of Civilizations - Global Policy Forum - Globalization

Thanks to Brenda from lgf
"Muslims are not averse to democratic institutions like voting. It's women's equality they deeply fear and hate."

The True Clash of Civilizations

“The peoples of the Islamic nations want and deserve the same freedoms and opportunities as people in every nation,” President Bush declared in a commencement speech at West Point last summer. He’s right. Any claim of a “clash of civilizations” based on fundamentally different political goals held by Western and Muslim societies represents an oversimplification of the evidence. Support for the goal of democracy is surprisingly widespread among Muslim publics, even among those living in authoritarian societies. Yet Huntington is correct when he argues that cultural differences have taken on a new importance, forming the fault lines for future conflict. Although nearly the entire world pays lip service to democracy, there is still no global consensus on the self-expression values—such as social tolerance, gender equality, freedom of speech, and interpersonal trust—that are crucial to democracy. Today, these divergent values constitute the real clash between Muslim societies and the West.

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