Sunday 26 February 2017

Host culture values must also be protected in this new 'clash of civilisations'

Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

Performance artist Milo Moire holds up a poster reading
Performance artist Milo Moire holds up a poster reading "Respect us! We are no fair game, even when we are naked!!!" as she stands near Cologne's landmark, the Cologne Cathedral, to protest on January 8, 2016 against offenses against women that happened in Cologne on New Year's Eve. Thirty-one suspects, including 18 asylum seekers, are under investigation over offences including assault and theft in Cologne on New Year's Eve, Germany's interior ministry said. / AFP / dpa / Oliver Berg / Germany OUTOLIVER BERG/AFP/Getty Images

Twenty years ago, in 1996, it was predicted by an American political scientist, Samuel P Huntington, that the prevailing theme of our age would be the "clash of civilisations".

Cultural and religious identities, he said, would be the primary source of conflict in a post Cold-War world. And Islam would be a major flashpoint.

How right he turned out to be. The "clash of civilisations" now reigns over issues ranging from the migrant and refugee crisis, the threatened meltdown of the EU, the fears and afflictions of jihadist terrorism, the dissolution of states like Libya, the culture wars in the universities, and much more.

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