The "Clash of Civilizations" doesn't just happen like they're predetermined. Endless competition with ultimate winners & losers do. It's in the absolute, nonnegotiable, & incommensurable value of winning & losing, that's our self distinction of our uniqueness, the vanity of humankind, that results in our extinction. It's the nihilist's philosophy & the narcissistic disorder. Kipling was certainly correct about empires. Empires, not of democracy, not of adult participation, not of good will, but of greed spurred on by our uniqueness, our power, our truth. Christians vs. Moselms ain't the answer, Pat.