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I'd say there is a spectrum of views in the West (both across countries and within countries) regarding how much they buy into leading the world as moral authority, and how much self-congratulatory reports there are (the West isn't any more monolythic than the East, Orientalists notwithstanding), but in general, you do have a point. For centuries, imperial policies have been sold as moral crusades.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Jun 5th, 2007 at 01:28:45 AM EST
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