bosnia report
New Series No: 23/24/25 June - October 2001
Fundamentalists vs modernity
by Aryeh Neier

From ‘The real clash is fundamentalists vs. modernity’

by Aryeh Neier

‘New York is not the first urban centre to be attacked by the enemies of modernity ... A city that came under attack for its cosmopolitanism was Sarajevo. It was besieged for three and a half years by Orthodox Christians who loathed the multicultural character of the mostly Muslim city. Some 10,000 Sarajevans were killed by shelling and sniping from 1992 to 1995, thousands more were injured and much of the city’s cultural heritage was destroyed. The city’s historic mosques seemed prime targets ... America’s enemies are the contemporary counterparts of the Nazis (for whom the Jews represented the cosmopolitanism they loathed), the Khmer Rouge and those who bombarded Sarajevo from safe perches in the hills. Every major faith is represented among both the assailants and the victims in this long-lasting global struggle. Recognizing this may help us avoid a clash of civilizations.’

International Herald Tribune 10 October 2001


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