Tuesday, February 28, 2006

A "Clash of Civilizations?"

A drumbeat is building a negative reaction toward Islam since the outbreak of the "Cartoon Wars." We are moving from Bush's delineation of a "Pancho Villa" type of group we are fighting toward an ideological war. Belmont Club calls it "Blowback" and points to a Glenn Reynolds essay at MSNBC. Glenn calls it "A tipping point on Islam?"and says,

"With the Cartoon Wars giving way to the ports imbroglio, Jim Geraghty, blogging from Turkey, wonders if we're seeing a tipping point in Western attitudes toward Islam. Geraghty collects a lot of quotes, and writes of "my sense that in recent weeks, a large chunk of Americans just decided that they no longer have any faith in the good sense or non-hostile nature of the Muslim world. If subsequent polls find similar results, the port deal is dead."
"Atlas Shrugged" posts a manifesto and says,

Together facing the new totalitarianism

After having overcome fascism, Nazism, and Stalinism, the world now faces a new totalitarian global threat: Islamism.

We, writers, journalists, intellectuals, call for resistance to religious totalitarianism and for the promotion of freedom, equal opportunity and secular values for all."
"Wetchard" sums it up at "Belmont Club with this:

Time will tell whether the war on terror remains within the bounds of limited confrontation with rogue elements within the "religion of peace" or whether -- due to some conceptual fault in the campaign or the persistent obstruction by the politically correct -- it morphs into a more general confrontation between belief systems and civilizations.

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