is this speech some kind of joke ???
Judaism and Christianity reconciled with the modern world. The rabbis, priests and scholars found a way to settle up and pave the way forward. Religion remained at the center of life, church and state became separate. Rule of law, idea of economic liberty, individual rights, human Rights-all these are defining points of modern Western civilization. These concepts started with the Greeks but didn't take off until the 15th and 16th century when Judaism and Christianity found a way to reconcile with the modern world. When that happened, it unleashed the scientific revolution and the greatest outpouring of art, literature and music the world has ever known.
Islam, which developed in the 7th century, counts millions of Moslems around the world who are normal people. However, there is a radical streak within Islam. When the radicals are in charge, Islam attacks Western civilization. Islam first attacked Western civilization in the 7th century, and later in the 16th and 17th centuries. By 1683, the Moslems (Turks from the Ottoman Empire) were literally at the gates of Vienna. It was in Vienna that the climatic battle between Islam and Western civilization took place. The West won and went forward. Islam lost and went backward. Interestingly, the date of that battle was September 11. Since them, Islam has not found a way to reconcile with the modern world.
So this CIA intelligence expert is now also a historian and economic expert ? Wow, there's no end to his talents is there.
typical of the simplistic and absurd arguments and viewpoints of the regan and bush neo-cons. When they were not selling wmd's to saddam or cozying up to the saudi oil barons they were developing this simplictic nonsense as justification for invading countries to enforce democracy in foreign lands.
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Whats worse is that the CEOs listening probably took his word as Gospel....
Some of it was quite interesting although i was surprised at the lack of mention of Africa....
Africa? Isn't that the place at the bottom of the globe that is covered in snow and has lots of scientists and hippies hanging around to stop people drilling for oil?
Another xenophobic rabid 'merkin waving his flag for god, mom, and apple pie.
But inside? Says more than I can really!Thanks to TV and the Internet, the average 18-year old outside the U.S. is very savvy about what is going on in the world, especially in terms of popular culture.
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