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Must the West Beg the World for Forgiveness?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Have the Western peoples who conquered and changed much of the world been on balance a blessing to mankind, or a curse? Is the history of the West, though replete with the failings of all civilizations, not unique in the greatness of what it produced? Or are the West’s crimes of imperialism, colonialism, genocide, racism, slavery, and maltreatment of minorities of color so sweeping, hateful, and shameful that they cancel out the good done? Is the white race, as Susan Sontag wrote, “the cancer of human history”?