In his paper, Beck is talking about the silence of words like war and peace,
military and police, inner
security and external security, the
distinction between inside and outside in general. He is talking about culture as
well. Beck suggests a dialogue between cultures as a new
column, as he puts it, with the alliance against terror (44). At least in the paper
under discussion, the word culture appears to be
used as one of the few words that do not have become silent. This corresponds to a general
trend in the discussion of security issues.
Since the end of the Cold War, the discussion of security issues has problems
talking about well-defined threads posed by well-defined enemies. This at least holds true
for many parts of the world, although by far not for all of them. The terminology of threads has increasingly been replaced by a
terminology of risks posed by emerging or
possible instabilities. With that, descriptions of the security environment have become
increasingly complex as well as diffuse.
In order to make security issues of today at least mentally manageable, that
is how Petra Weyland sees it, there is a tendency towards reducing crisis phenomena in
general to a single cause or cluster of causes. At this point the term culture is being brought into play.
Huntington's thesis indicates the paradigm.