is a clash of civilizations.
have some sympathy for Berlusconi's statements that European
civilization is plainly rooted in Christianity and it does do
a better job of looking after civil rights and democracy. You
may think that civil rights are a blot on Western civilization,
I don't, and I do think that this makes us superior. However,
the clash of civilizations thing is a bit too far. Bin Laden
wants to take over the Arab world for his blend of Islam, and
rightly sees America in its way. America does not want Bin Laden,
or any other type of zealot, taking over the oil supplies of
Arabia or attacking Israel. This is a matter of foreign policy
and not of civilizations clashing.
is our fight.
We no longer need the Suez Canal to get to India, so we have
no strategic interest there. As far as protecting every democracy
from each neighbouring despotism, is that really a sustainable
have a large Muslim population and fundamentalism is therefore
dangerous to us.
it would be better not to finance them through social security,
and to crack down on any domestic terrorism as the organized
crime it is. The best response to violent fundamentalism (and
most fundamentalism is nonviolent) is to deal with it as a domestic
are a terrorist target.
because we support America, and being seen as her main ally
is not going to help here.
could affect the oil.
what? We export the stuff; high prices are good for us.
means an attack on one is an attack on all.
shows the open-ended nature of NATO, and the folly of any expansion.
Due to the doctrine that an attack on one is an attack on all,
we are now drawn into a war with no strategic significance for
us. NATO has outlived its purpose and needs to be disbanded.
The recent invocation of NATO doctrine shows that instead of
an insurance policy we have a blank and undated check.
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