Although Europeans universally acknowledge the fundamental significance of the dividing line between Western Christendom, on the one hand, and Orthodoxy and Islam, on the other, the United States, its secretary of state said, would «not recognize any fundamental divide among the Catholic, Orthodox, and Islamic parts of Europe.» Those who do not recognize fundamental divides, however, are doomed to be frustrated by them. […]

In the emerging world of ethnic conflict and civilizational clash, Western belief in the universality of Western culture suffers three problems: it is false; it is immoral; and it is dangerous […]

In the emerging era, clashes of civilization are the greatest threat to world peace, and an international order based on civilizations is the surest safeguard against world war.

 

Samuel P. Huntington The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order (1996)

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