"the West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do."
These are the words of Samuel Huntington, oft-invoked author of the Clash of Civilizations thesis, with which I vehemently disagree.
The quote comes from Salam Pax of the Where is Raed blog (linked at left on my blogroll), an iraqi living and blogging from Iraq. Salam Pax has a long rant in answer to the Clash-ians who have infested his comments section. Salam Pax had the following words of thanks and appreciation to the West that put Huntington's quote in perspective.