Wednesday, June 18, 2008

' West vs. Rest ' worldview institutionalised ?

Almost immediately after US President George W. Bush had built the US-UK-Europe united front against Iran, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France announced his country's return to the US-led NATO Command. Like it or not, the apparently coordinated moves would be perceived and felt by many in the non-Western worlds, rightly or otherwise, to be a consciously-designed grand strategy to institutionalise 'Western unity' in term of hard powers, including the military, against 'Others', as outlined and envisioned in American political scientist Samuel Paul Huntington's controversial bestseller titled The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order (1996). In the subsequent Who Are We: The Challenges to America's National Identity (2004), he further argues for a reaffirmation of the Anglo-Protestant heritage as USA's official identity in the contemporary world of many national cultures.

American views on world politics, 1989-2001


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