Re: Ch. 3 - Defining the Enemy
Chapter 3 was interesting and seemed mainly a setup for further sections. Although Harris' description of three types of enemy and the philosophical discourses on them seemed superficial, I don't see how he could have done much better in an only ten page summary (Harris himself admits that he has simplified the theories immensely).
The real interesting part of the chapter comes at the end when Harris is discussing Hunnington's 'clash of civilization'. In criticizing Hunnington, Harris correctly points out that other non-Western civilizations could also assert the universalism of their civilization. If this assertion of universal relevance is inherent in any civilization, as Harris points out, then conflict becomes inevitable. Harris then states, if this is the case, "It follows that the only possible solution would be for one of the civilizations to triumph and crush all the others." This is followed on the next page by the question, "What happens if these other civilizations continue to assert their own style of universalism more and more insistently, just as the West was deciding to conserve its own dwindling strength?"
Although Harris does not say it, I read an implication here that he does believe that this conflict is to some degree inevitable and that the West (i.e., the United States) needs to act now while we are still the dominate military and economic power in the world.