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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2007

    Ignorant of the Realities of a New World

    I will make this short but sweet. First off this book is merely an update on a past work Huntington worked on called Clash of Civilizations, he simply added this title at the end in response to the new world after the Cold War ended once he was going to publish a book. This work holds some great points and unlimited 'facts' on the two civilizations that now oppose each other. Of course Huntington doesn't seem to want to bother with the fact of 'why' just more along the lines of 'inevitable.' The realities of the clash between the West and Middle East springs from various conflicts non of which are actually due to an inevitable clash due to our civilization. This book steers clear of answering the bigger questions on Why are we in a conflict at all and just simply brings old Cold War theories on a new plate. If you really wish for a great perspective into the Conflict between the West and the Middle East then read everything ever written by, the late, Edward Said. Instead of pointing a finger Mr. Said goes into detailed works on our past relations with the Middle East, Current Conflicts and the Culture of the Middle East in reflection to ours. Please read this book, but do so with care and in reflection with other writings. This kind of dogma leads to Xenophobia and 'justified' opposition.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2002

    Intelligent but uttely Obtuse

    He ignores facts and whole bodies of discussion about world events. This book is eniterly too naive about the causality of interational conflict and propagates a xenophobic mentality that is dangerous in the world we live in, a globalized one. In conlcusion, I would like to quote one of the professional reviewers. I believe his statement lucidely described the problems with this book: From Fred Halliday - New Statesman: Of all the broad-sweep books on the post-cold war world Huntington's is without doubt the worst and the most pernicious. It is the worst because it is careless with facts, ignorant of history and indifferent to the whole range of social theory that has, with due care, looked at such issues as culture, socialisation and tradition. . . . For a book that claims to be about different civilisations, it is striking that all the references are to books in English. Huntington is pernicious because he fuels myths about cultural conflict, and reinforces those who seek to consolidate relativist, community-based authority.

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