The Islamic State finds a new way to cause overreaction from the US and its allies – the televised beheading of Westerners.
Twenty one years ago American historian Samuel Huntingdon famously argued that the world was heading towards a “Clash of Civilizations” between Islam and the Christian democratic West.
Some critics dismissed his argument as a fumbling towards a new enemy now that the Cold War was over.
But he had a good student living in the caves of Afghanistan and on 9/11 Osama bin Laden proved Huntingdon’s point.
Within days the United States had come out with a “you’re either with us or with the terrorists” slogan, announced the War on Terror, and began invasion plans not only for Afghanistan but Iraq too.
From the perspective of many followers of Islam the WoT very quickly began to look more like a War on Muslims – the clash was underway…
On the other hand, maybe Huntingdon was right. I have read his book and recommend it. That does mean that the “War on Terror” is necessarily the best to deal with this: far more sensible would be to keep the civilizations LIVING APART