The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order 8.6分
读书笔记 Chapter 8 - The West and The Rest: Inter-civilizational Issues
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What's universalism to the West is imperialism to the rest. Non-Westerners also do not hesitate to point to the gaps between Western principle and Western action. Hypocrisy, double standards, and "but nots" are the price of universalist pretensions. Democracy is promoted but not if it brings Islamic fundamentalists to power; nonproliferation is preached for Iran and Iraq but not for Israel; free trade is the elixir of economic growth but not for agriculture; human rights are an issue with China but not with Saudi Arabia; aggression against oil-owning Kuwaitis is massively repulsed but not against non-oil-owning Bosnians. Double standards in practice are the unavoidable price of universal standards of principle.
引自 Chapter 8 - The West and The Rest: Inter-civilizational Issues

The takeaway message: "Nuclear weapons is the new equalizer."

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