A Clash of Civilizations?. Thomas Abraham JMSC 0042. What was this all about?. After the Sept 11 attacks . The “ clash of civilizations” theory suddenly gained new prominence in the west Originally put forward by Bernard Lewis, an American historian of the Middle East in 1990.
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I set up my first camp where these volunteers were trained by American and Pakistani officers. The weapons were supplied by the Americans, the money by the Saudis.”
Osama bin Laden in an interview to AFP, 27 August 1998
--A group led by Ramzi Yousef tries to blow up World Trade Centre in New York with a truck bomb
--Ramzi Yousef’s associates planned to blow up 11 US bound aircraft an attack in 1995
-In his own words, it is the US presence in the Middle East, in Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Countries, Israel
-He sees this as part of a US plan to dominate the Muslim people, exploit their oil
-Like Bernard Lewis and Huntington, Bin Laden too sees this as a war against the “crusaders”
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