Sunday, January 10, 2016


Twenty years ago Samuel Huntington shocked the world with his book The Clash of Civilizations.  He suggested that conflicts between civilizations would dominate the future of world politics.  He described mostly the "fault lines" between civilizations.  By today's standards this thesis looks timid.

The problems "then" were still largely compartmentalized. Today they have come "home" to roost.  The mostly unexacting attitude of the Europeans has turned into fear and anger. The flotillas of refugees from the Middle East, Afghanistan, Africa have brought to Europe the true victims, but also the profiteers and the nefarious. After Germany almost gave them a free-pass, the floodgates were opened to the dismay of most Europeans who were supposed to acquiesce to a cohabitation with "significant others" who are generally unwilling to enter into a pluralistic, secular mindset.

The American pre-electoral aberrations are abysmal and frankly cantankerous and vulgar.  Nevertheless, they have brought the "politically correct" to its inglorious end, which is a plus. Having lived in an Arab country, I am to a certain extent familiar with the DNA of the Muslims. I found most generous, welcoming, not devoid of sense of humor... as long as religion remained off-limits and any form of dialectic with the "other" remained checked. The West is used to pluralism. The Muslim cannot bear "moral/religious competition".  Even the most agreeable conversation got stuck as soon as Islam, Israel or the USA were mentioned. The lamb became an enemy in a fraction of time.

One deals with a mentality of consumers who keep buying as long as the country of origin remains under cover.  Hence, there are few places where hypocrisy and lies get a free-ride as the Arab countries. They confuse modernity with skyscrapers but will be happy to find a niche for Sharia in the most unexpected absurd places. The Bantoustans for Western tourists are, in fact, pleasure confinement camps where the lepers are allowed some fresh air.

Now they are among us.  Don't we know better?  Once taken care of they will, for the most part, live in anger in a society which they hate and envy because they realize that the sex, the glamour, the creativity and the Nobel Prize are forbidden fruits. They abuse the technology they never were able to invent for their theocratic nihilism. Europe is already besieged by socio-economic woes and it has no need to aggravate a dire situation.

The German Chancellor must have her own reasons for her largesse, taking in one million refugees who will multiply given the birth rate, the family bonds and the racketeering. Her policy must have a link with some deeper psychological reflex.  In the end she was rightly helpful for the innocents among the refugees but she is also responsible for a macro-management with loose ends and disregard for destabilizing consequences.

It is too late to turn the clock back. Hence it is high time to try finding ways to halt a clash of civilizations, no longer confined but creeping its way into the European fabric. The EU was inept (as usual ) and there is little relief in sight if one would attempt to appeal to the Arab states better feelings. They are solely preoccupied with their own medieval rifts, crumbling borders and falling oil prices.

Only some form of European economic recovery might alleviate the pressures and create work places instead of waiting-rooms for Jihadists.  Family planning, Singapore-like measures for habitat gerrymandering have to be considered. The irony in all this is that the ones who deserve our sympathy and support might find themselves hostages again upon arrival to the same evil they were supposed to have left behind.  Homo homini lupus.

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