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A War Between Islam And Christianity? If Only Europe Were Christian The war against terrorism in Europe is not a battle pitting Islam versus Christianity because the continent is no longer dominated, or even governed, by Christian values. It is, for all intents and purposes, a conflict between Islam and secularism, argues George Friedman.

“This seems to be a rather minor phase of conflict in an ongoing war. But this chapter is different in a fundamental way. All prior conflicts have been between Christians and Muslims. This one is not. Since World War II, Europe has redefined itself. It was once Christian. It is now officially secular, and this is therefore a conflict between Muslim religiosity and European secularism. And that makes the dynamics of the conflict different,” he writes.

Time To Rethink How Global Foreign Aid Is Measured
Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and international philanthropist, issued a call of concern that recent global developments from the European refugee crisis to the crumbling economies of Latin America could be endangering the progress made against poverty. In response to the crisis on the continent and chaos elsewhere, he urges the international community not to overhaul how foreign development aid is measured and distributed.

 

“Most good governments would agree that a nation’s access to development aid should taper off as it becomes better able to stand on its own. But if countries with high levels of inequality and extreme poverty lose aid too soon, good governments trying to do the right thing could find it even harder to address basic development needs and build a sustainable foundation of economic growth,” he writes in The Wall Street Journal.

Gates suggests developing countries find creative ways to increase government revenue.

“Even the poorest nations today fund the large majority of essential services like health care and education. But many don’t have the expertise and resources to raise more money through broad-based and effective tax collection,” he adds.

US Needs A New Global Strategy
The United States is no longer in an epic struggle with another superpower. The demise of the Soviet Union, however, has not resulted in a safer world. The vacuum left by the fall of communism has been replaced by a potentially more dangerous threat – the emergence of three hegemonies. Russia seeks to control Europe; Iran harbors visions of controlling the Middle East; and China is striving to become the dominant Asian power.

“New threats have ended this brief period of America’s benevolent international leadership. Three competitors are at odds with the American-led international system. The sum of their ambitions is to undermine U.S. global power,” asserts Seth Cropsey of the Hudson Institute.

That new threat needs a new strategy.

“The man or woman who takes office 10 months from now faces a new challenge to U.S. national security. It calls for changes to American strategy. The access that once allowed us to deter the Soviets has been eroded. Its resurrection in today’s Europe is unlikely. Such access is largely nonexistent in the Middle East and tenuous in East Asia,” says Cropsey.

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