Two Views on Civilization

1.

The civilized have created the wretched, quite coldly and deliberately, and do not intend to change the status quo; are responsible for their slaughter and enslavement; rain down bombs on defenseless children whenever and wherever they decide that their “vital interests” are menaced, and think nothing of torturing a man to death: these people are not to be taken seriously when they speak of the “sanctity” of human life, or the “conscience” of the civilized world.

— James Baldwin, 1976

2.

We will use every necessary weapon of war. Americans should not expect one battle, but a lengthy campaign unlike any other we have ever seen.

Every nation in every region now has a decision to make. Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists. I’ve put the armed forces on alert and there is a reason: The hour is coming when America will act and you will make us proud.

This is the world’s fight, this is civilization’s fight. The great achievements of our time and great hopes of all time, now depend on us.

The course of this conflict is not known, yet its outcome is certain… and we know that God is not neutral.

—George W. Bush, 9.20.2001

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