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Trump & Crew = Clash of Civilisations

This piece from the Financial Times (reprinted in the Australian Financial Review) by op-ed writer Gideon Rachman, ought to give one serious pause for thought....and to be most concerned where things are headed with the "crew" in the White House.

"Donald Trump's travails with his " Muslim ban" make it easy to dismiss the whole idea as an aberration that will swiftly be consigned to history by the judicial system and the court of public opinion. But that would be a misreading.

The ban on migrants and refugees from seven mainly Muslim countries was put together clumsily and executed cruelly. But it responded to a hostility to Islam and a craving for security and cultural homogeneity that is finding adherents across the western world - and not just on the far right.

Even if Mr Trump's ban is withdrawn or amended, it will probably be just the beginning of repeated efforts - in the US and Europe - to restrict migration from the Muslim world into the west.

There certainly should be no doubt about the radicalism of the thinking of some of Mr Trump's key advisers. Michael Flynn, the president's embattled national security adviser, and Steve Bannon, his chief strategist, believe that they are involved in a struggle to save western civilisation. In his recent book, The Field of Fight, General Flynn insists that: "We're in a world war against a messianic mass movement of evil people, most of them inspired by a totalitarian ideology: Radical Islam." Mr Bannon holds similar views. In a now famous contribution to a seminar at the Vatican in 2014, he argued that the west is at the "beginning stages of a global war against Islamic fascism".


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