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Does Western Civilization have what it takes to Survive?

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Submitted by Darwin Barrett (United States), Dec 23, 2003 at 13:29

1)If the Qur'an is the Revealed Word (or Will) of God, Etched on a Tablet in Heaven, It is un-changeable. To modify it is to nullify it; To reinterpret it is to refute it; to Modernize it is to Negate it. It is either perfect, or it is nothing. Moderate Islam is a deception. To be Muslim is to be Fundamentalist, anything else is disbelief.

2)Why is this resurgence if Islam taking place? Samuel Huntington, in his book "The Clash of Civilizations..." Describes a Human Phenomenon. This dynamic applies to every group and subgroup of Humans, from the family to the clan, to the nation, to the culture, and to the civilization. When the child is young he is dependent on his parents. The parent dictates policy and provides support and education. When the child grows up and becomes self sufficient, the child will assert himself and take charge of his life. Western Civilization has been like a parent to the Arab Muslim culture. Arab Muslim Culture has achieved Critical mass. Its leaders are educated and it has resources. It no longer will accept the control of another civilization. It is leaving the nest to assert its own destiny. It knows the weaknesses of an Aging Western Civilization and senses it is in a position to become the dominant civilization.

The question is: Does Western Civilization have what it takes to survive, or will it be crushed over the next 100 years and fade into the background like Egypt, Greece, and Rome?

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