It is development, not poverty, that causes upheaval and terrorism.
It is easy to be a moral perfectionist when one is politically unaccountable.
Robert D. Kaplan in Warrior Politics: Why Leadership Demands a Pagan Ethos
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What happened on September 11th is at least, theoretically, small stuff compared to what can happen.
It is a cliche these days to observe that the United States now possesses a global empire - different from Britain's and Rome's but an empire nonetheless.
The more dynamic the capitalistic expansion, the greater the disparity. It is from the disparity that we are going to get all the political upheaval for the next few years.
The most important thing I learned as a foreign correspondent in about 80 countries is that it takes a very shallow knowledge of history to think that there are solutions to most problems.