Civilizations Chain

Madrid hosted the first Forum of the Alliance of civilizations, just a week. Baby clothes spoke with conviction. Structure created five years by the Spanish authorities with the purpose of fostering dialogue among the three great monotheistic cultures ago: Christianity, Islam and Judaism. The initiative was presented a few months after the coming to power of the Socialist Party Obrero Spanish (PSOE), whose leaders spearheaded mass protests against Spanish participation in the Iraq war. The proposal was received, in his time, with a large dose of skepticism by the chancelleries Western, unable to decipher the message launched by Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero from the rostrum of the United Nations. A message, remember that, quite confusing, lacking in the first stage of basic items that may become true instrument of debate. Some political scientists did not hesitate to criticize vehemently the Turkish proposal, which were joined, with the passage of time, politicians, cultural associations and educational institutions in twenty countries. The Madrid Forum ended with the adoption of numerous projects of cooperation between the West and the Islamic world, that span sectors as diverse as the academic, media, combating terrorism, intercultural and/or youth leadership. What was lacking in the appointment of the Spanish capital was money; the funds required for the implementation of key proposals.

It was revealed an undeniable progressive deterioration of relations between East and West, a phenomenon which is reflected in the report on the dialogue between Islam and the West, developed by the prestigious American probes firm Gallup for the World Economic Forum (WEF), institution that intends to combine models of economic growth of the industrialized countries with the different concepts of development of countries of countries impoverished South. Shortly before the conclusion of the annual economic summit in Davos, the World Economic Forum made public the little encouraging results of the survey, whose authors emphasize the worsening of relations between the two cultures. By very strangely this, both the inhabitants of the industrialized North and the main Arab and Muslim countries considered that their civilization respects the other, but that the reciprocal is conspicuously absent. In fact, 84% of respondents in the Palestinian territories estimated that West does not respect Muslims. It is what thinks 80% of the Egyptians; 68% of the Turks; 67% of Saudis and 62% of Iranians.

Similarly, responded negatively to the question do you think that Islam respects West? 82% of Americans, 73 per cent of Israelis, 63% of Spaniards (remember the trauma caused in the Iberian population by the bloody attack of 11 M). The vast majority of the interviewees believed that the perception of the other has deteriorated in the past two years. This is the opinion of 88% of the Americans, 85% of Danes, 83% of the Israelis and, also, 83% of the Palestinians. The animosity towards the West and its values is detected in the discourse of the Saudis. 61% Of the inhabitants of the Wahhabi Kingdom does not hide his anti-Americanism; 51% has an opinion unfavourable in the United Kingdom, while 16% takes a stance openly anti-French. Timid attempts to approach registered after starting up of the Barcelona process have failed, facilitating the disturbing advance of radical positions. Who there are estimates that the Alliance of civilisations could become a mere string of sad disagreements. The champions of the global war, Bush and Bin Laden, be rubbing their hands.