Lessons from the recent global turmoil

  • Article by: GLENN GARVIN , Miami Herald
  • Updated: September 27, 2012 - 6:41 PM

This really is the clash of civilizations that was predicted after the Cold War.

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pumiceSep. 27, 12 7:14 PM

Re: "At the top of [Samuel P. Huntington's] list was the chasm between the Judeo-Christian influenced liberal democracy of the West, and the theocratic totalitarianism of the Islamic world. The recent chaos is further evidence that the cultural gap is growing more lethal by the moment." Did Huntington suggest that replacing our liberal democracy with our own brand of theocratic totalitarianism will eliminate the cultural chasm?

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drmyeyesSep. 28, 12 6:35 AM

Everyone but the obama administration has acknowledge that the attack on our Libyan embassy was preplanned and a terrorist attack. The media is complicit in allowing obama to perpetuate the lies. Our foreign policy is non-existent. We are the laughing stock of our enemies and embarrassment to our allies. This is what we get for electing an incompetent person into the white house with no leadership skills.

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whallingSep. 28, 1211:10 AM

We have undeniable proof that policies of appeasement, apology and send money do not work. This has been proven in history and proven again as Obama's policies are in shambles all around the world.

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garykhansonSep. 28, 1211:43 AM

Obama got Bin Laden. He daily sends drones out to target terrorists. There is a difference between chest thumping and effectiveness. Those who criticize Obama strike me as the same ones who got us into a senseless war with Iraq and are now complaining about the debt it gave us.

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mklundSep. 28, 1211:50 AM

After the fall of communism we had Fukuyama's "end of history" and Huntington's "clash of civilizations" theories. Sold some books. But let's be realistic. We never went into the Middle East to "create democracies." We acted to secure access to oil. It should be obvious to all that military actions inspire revenge. Al Qaeda is not and never was a hierarchy topped by bin Laden. Our pre-9/11 support for dictators is not forgotten by the populace. Freeing an enraged people is risky. This is not an "Obama problem" but an American problem. One shutters to imagine a neophyte like Romney and his restoration neo-con advisers calling the shots!

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drmyeyesSep. 28, 1212:10 PM

"Obama got Bin Laden". Stop with the false claim that obama got anyone. Obama just happened to be president when we caught up with bin Laden. Other than that, he did nothing that any other president would have, or would not have done.

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Marky23Sep. 28, 1212:31 PM

I read Huntinton's FA "Clash" article and Ajami's response for a class. After having heard the "Clash" idea referenced so much, I was wildly disapointed with Huntington's piece. More, I actually got angry at Ajami's tepid response. I think clash's facile argument could be thrashed in a tweet: Huntington conflates Arab and Muslim, but the foremost pan-islamist (Qutb) tried to assassinate the foremost pan-arabist (Nasser), whose gov executed Qutb. As it pertains to Theo Van Gogh, I also had to read that "Murder in Amsterdam" whose original title, I'm convinced was "Two dudes are killed and a neocon media darling is born". We don't know to what extent dish cities will inhibit assimilation in Northern Europe, but strikingly absent from that waste of time book was any context of the broader assimilation process (probably because the typical 3 generations would undercut the author's narrative)nor does it really get explored that the very strain that is causing the issues is a result of the 2nd generation's assimilation process.

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hjlazniSep. 29, 12 8:40 AM

They are poor, have few jobs and don't live long and the one's who go to Europe and U.S. for opportunity are not liked as much as others. That is why they are mad. The 9-11 bombers felt slighted by European women and spent money in Las Vegas getting lap dances before their flights. Pretty basic stuff.

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