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By Anonym 14 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

Many more people in the world are concerned about sports than human rights.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

Hispanics speak Spanish or Portuguese, which are languages we Americans are familiar with, so it doesn't seem to pose the same types of problems as Arabic-speaking Muslims do in Europe.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

It was one thing to contain the Soviet Union in Europe because Britain, France, and Germany were all willing to join in. But will Japan and other Asian countries be willing to join in the containment of China?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

The United States has been an immigrant country. The Hispanics who come here are largely from Mexico and South America. They are Catholics, but that is an American religion. One-third of our population is Catholic so that does not have the same impact as Muslims coming into Europe.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

If one of the drafters of the Declaration of Independence came back today, he would not be surprised about what Americans were saying and believing and articulating in their public statements. It would all sound rather familiar.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

Well, I think the United States first of all has to recognize the world for what it is.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

The question really is what will be the central focus of global politics in the coming decades and my argument is that cultural identities and cultural antagonisms and affiliations will play not the only role but a major role.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

People have multiple identities.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

The U.S. has and still is cooperating with various military dictatorships around the world. Obviously we would prefer to see them democratized, but we are doing it because we have national interests, whether it's working with Pakistan on Afghanistan or whatever.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

The prevalence of anti-patriotic attitudes among liberal intellectuals led some of them to warn their fellow liberals of the consequences of such attitudes for the future not of America but of American liberalism. Most Americans, as the American public philosopher Richard Rorty has written, take pride in their country, but 'many of the exceptions to this rule are found in colleges and universities, in the academic departments that have become sanctuaries for left-wing political views.' These leftists have done 'a great deal of good for . . . women, African-Americans, gay men and lesbians. . . . But there is a problem with this Left: it is unpatriotic. It repudiates the idea of a national identity and the emotion of national pride.' If the Left is to retain influence, it must recognize that a 'sense of shared national identity . . . is an absolutely essential component of citizenship.' Without patriotism, the Left will be unable to achieve its goals for America. Liberals, in short, must use patriotism as a means to achieve liberal goals

By Anonym 13 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

Iran of course is Shiite, while the bulk of the Arabs are Sunni, that is a problem or could be a problem. Also, there is the simple fact that Iran is non-Arab and most of the Muslims in the Middle East are Arab.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

When I think of countries that I enjoyed visiting, that I would want to go back to, Italy would be one, Japan would be another. I've only been to Indonesia once or twice and it seems like such a fascinating country. I guess India certainly.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

Civilizations evolve over time, and most scholars of civilization, including people like Carol Quigley, argue that they go through periods of warring states, and eventually evolve into a universal state.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

The most widely discussed formulation of [the One World model] was the "end of history" thesis advanced by Francis Fukuyama. "We may be witnessing," Fukuyama argued, "the end of history as such: that is, the end point of mankind's ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government." The future will be devoted not to great exhilarating struggles over ideas but rather to resolving mundane economic and technical problems. And, he concluded rather sadly, it will all be rather boring.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

Obviously Muslim societies, like societies elsewhere, are becoming increasingly urban, many are becoming industrial, but since so many have oil and gas, they don't have a great impetus. But again, the revenue that natural resources produce gives them the capability and so countries like Iran are beginning to develop an industrial component.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

Turkey has its own interests and historically, Turkey conquered most of the Arab world, and the Arabs had to fight wars of liberation to free themselves from the Turks. That's in the past and that doesn't necessarily shape what is going on but it's there and it's there in people's memories.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

I think in theory, the United States finds it much easier to deal with situations where there is a leading country. You can go to the leaders of that country and say, for example, to India, "There are all these problems in Bangladesh, we really have to do something about it, what do you suggest we can do to work out a common policy?" But when you don't have the equivalent of India, you have to go capital to capital trying to put together a coalition, which is extraordinarily difficult, especially in the Arab world, because of the historic rivalries and branches of Islam.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

I think clearly the United States, as well as other western nations, should stand by their commitments to human rights and democracy and should try to influence other countries to move in that direction.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

Power remains strong when it remains in the dark; exposed to the sunlight it begins to evaporate.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

Collective will supplants individual whim

By Anonym 13 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

Both sides are divided and Western countries collaborate with Muslim countries and vice versa.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

Also, of course, for most of this time most Americans thought of America as a white country with, at best, only a very segregated and subordinate role for blacks.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

I think we can expect leaders of Muslim societies to cooperate with each other on many issues just as Western societies cooperate with each other.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

I think fundamentalism is this radical attitude toward one's own identity and civilization as compared to other people's identities and cultures.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

Obviously Pakistan and the U.S. are very different countries, but we have common geopolitical interests in preventing communist take over in Afghanistan and hence, now that Pakistan has a government that we can cooperate with, even though it is a military government, we are working together with them in order to promote our common interests. But obviously we also differ with Pakistan on a number of issues.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

The biggest difference as far as Muslims in Europe and America are concerned is that the number of Muslims in America is small compared to the number in Europe.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

Countries will cooperate with each other, and are more likely to cooperate with each other when they share a common culture, as is most dramatically illustrated in the European Union. But other groupings of countries are emerging in East Asia and in South America. Basically, as I said, these politics will be oriented around, in large part, cultural similarities and cultural antagonism.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

People everywhere talk about Islam and the West. Presumably that has some relationship to reality, that these are entities that have some meaning and they do. Of course the core ofthat reality is differences in religion.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

When you mention the word ideology, everyone has communism in the back of their minds, which was an entirely well formulated ideology and statement of belief. You read the Communist Manifesto and you know what the core of it is.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

Religiosity distinguishes America from most other Western societies. Americans are also overwhelmingly Christian, which distinguishes them from many non-Western peoples. Their religiosity leads Americans to see the world in terms of good and evil to a much greater extent than most other peoples.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

Expectations should not always be taken as reality; because you never know when you will be disappointed.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

I wouldn't rule out the possibility of Muslim or at least Arab countries developing some form of organization comparable to the European Union. I don't think that's very likely, but it conceivably could happen.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

Fundamentalist tendencies and movements existed, so far as I know, in all societies and civilizations.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

But then I came to the conclusion that no, while there may be an immigration problem, it isn't really a serious problem. The really serious problem is assimilation.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

When you have increased migration of peoples and ethnic and religious minorities, you develop a set of rules and language the larger society can accept and the minority community can accept.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

In 1920, the West ruled huge amounts of the world.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

It will take a long time, and certainly the West will remain the dominant civilization well into the next century, but the decline is occurring.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

Fascism and communism have not entirely disappeared but have been sidelined certainly, and liberal democracy has come to be accepted, in theory at least, around the world, if not always in practice.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

America doesn't border on Muslim countries. European countries do and that seems to be a fundamental difference.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

The basis of association and antagonism among countries has changed over time.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

The larger society has to recognize some degree of autonomy for the minority: the right to practice their own religion and way of life and to some extent their language.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

Democracy is premised, in some measure, on majority rule, and democracy is difficult in a situation of concentrated inequalities in which a large, impoverished majority confronts a small, wealthy oligarchy.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

Cultural America is under siege. And as the Soviet experience illustrates, ideology is a weak glue to hold together people otherwise lacking racial, ethnic, and cultural sources of community.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

The argument now that the spread of pop culture and consumer goods around the world represents the triumph of Western civilization trivializes Western culture. The essence of Western civilization is the Magna Carta, not the Magna Mac. The fact that non-Westerners may bite into the latter has no implications for their accepting the former.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

A lot of people tend to think I'm a dogmatic ideologue, which I'm not.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

Since the revolution of the 18th century, America has basically had an ideology of liberal democracy and constitutionalism.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

Islam's borders are bloody and so are its innards. The fundamental problem for the West is not Islamic fundamentalism. It is Islam, a different civilisation whose people are convinced of the superiority of their culture and are obsessed with the inferiority of their power.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

As far as ideology or political beliefs are concerned, countries are very different.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Samuel P. Huntington

What are the prospects for an Arab state serving a leading role comparable to the role that other states place in other regions? There is no obvious candidate. Saudi Arabia has the money but a relatively small population. Iraq was a great potential leader, as a sizable country with great oil resources and a highly educated population, but it went off in the wrong direction.