A ‘Clash Of Civilizations’ Strategy Could Isolate the U.S. and Strengthen Extremists

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump with Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Palm Beach, Florida, Dec. 21, 2016. (AP photo by Andrew Harnik).
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump with Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Palm Beach, Florida, Dec. 21, 2016. (AP photo by Andrew Harnik).
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In last week’s column, I noted that some of the positions taken by President-elect Donald Trump during his bid for the White House, along with those of his key advisers like retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and Stephen Bannon, reflect what has been called a “clash of civilizations” perspective. For those who subscribe to this framework, the U.S.-led and predominantly Christian West is under assault from Islam. The terrorism, violence and barbarity of organizations like the so-called Islamic State and al-Qaida are not simply malignancies within Islam but signs of the religion’s inherent incompatibility with Western culture. Many advocates of […]

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