Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Civilizational Balkanization: a different view of the Cartoon War

Instead of accelerating a head-on collision between Western and Islamic civilizations, Daniel Pipes sees the furor over the Muhammad cartoons driving the two cultures further apart. He doesn't see this development as welcome, especially where the Muslim world is concerned:

Disengagement will only worsen the Muslim predicament. Reduced contact with the world’s most modern, powerful, and advanced countries would likely cause Muslims to do even worse in those indices and lapse deeper into a condition characterized by self-pity, jealousy, resentment, anger, and aggression....Especially when contrasted with Muslim successes in premodern times, these traumatic circumstances help explain the crisis in identity that often causes Muslims to seek solace in radical Islam. For everyone’s sake, it is important that Muslims begin more successfully to negotiate their path to modernity, not to isolation.

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