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An Analysis of the Samuel Huntingtons and Benjamin Barbers Theories of Hybrid and Hermetically Sealed Cultures

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This fact is over-generalized in Huntington’ s view and supports a deliberately biased superiority of western civilization over the rest of the world before 1991. The first basis of Huntington’ s theory on Muslim culture as to the historicity of violence that was founded in its early beginnings does not hold ground considering that Judaism and Christianity also propounded the use of “ the sword” to fight with one another and also against other religions. Surely, the comment made by George Bush about a “ Crusade” against Muslim terrorism reveals the age-old Christian tradition of using military force in the name of Christ?

(Ford para. 2). Although Huntington likes to compare Christ’ s seeming passivity to his enemies in the Christian faith, the United States (as a Christian nation) has certainly gone against the dictates of Christ’ s message by attacking Iraq without any evidence of WMDS. Similarly, the hollowness of the hybrid foundation for western cultures like America is demonstrated in the way they imposed their will on other nations in the War in Iraq. Another problem with Huntington’ s theory is that it does not function very well within the context of the Arabic cultures that have been affected by the imperialistic policy in the War in Iraq.

The new government of Iraq, since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003, was developed through American intervention. The tyrannical rule or dictatorship of the Saddam Hussein regime offers a stark contrast to the representative government the United States is helping to build in this underdeveloped country. The democracy being imposed on the Iraqi government is based on the proponents of the Bush Administration that views Iraq as a country of warlords, minority rule (the Sunni rule in Hussein), and other facets of a past dictatorship that are now gone after the invasion (Friedman 130-131).

Certainly, this counter argument reflects the general consensus that Iraq is not able to build its own form of government after the long tradition of dictatorial government that preceded 2003.

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  • Pages: 9 (2250 words)
  • Document Type: Essay
  • Subject: History
  • Level: Undergraduate
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