Strange.. There's have been no notice, in Denmark that is, of the death of Samuel P. Huntington, professor and author of the now famous paper; "The clash of civilizations" which is quite, one could say; timely?, these days. Not that I concur with everything he says, I do think he is wrong on several important key issues, but he did have a point; How mankind's turning to religion and the violence it ensues.
He wrote about the US in Iraq and Afghanistan; as an outside force going in and tearing down old structures - with town elders etc. Arrogantly assuming that our way is so much better -They being backwards and anachronistic. and then act all surprised when our ways are not welcomed with open arms and chaos follow...He made this thesis as a consultant to Pres. Lyndon Johnson about Vietnam back in '60'es
He was a brilliant and broad- minded man and wrote on several very different subjects, but the "Clash" being his most famous - being a temperamental conservative Democrat, he was not a man who had the exact same views as me. But I do not understand the utter silence in this country, with which his death on Christmas eve, has been received.......
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