Gary Smith wrote:

> I can't help but remember what Edmund Burke said (paraphrased): All it
> requires for evil to thrive is for good men to do nothing.
>

Much of what you said in your post I would agree with. I think, though, that
Burke's quote is often misused when (and I'm speaking generally; am not saying
this is how you are using it necessarily) it's meant to say, in effect, well, we
can't just stand around doing nothing. We've got to do something. Here's some
advice about doing "something" from someone who knows imperialism well, Sir
Michael Howard, professor emeritus of naval and military history at Yale (and a
Brit): http://www.members.shaw.ca/mschindler/D/Howard.htm

--
Marc A. Schindler
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and
falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark."
--Michelangelo Buonarroti

Note: This communication represents the informal personal views of the author
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