And all are entitled to praise whenever they follow human nature by ruling others and end up behaving more justly than their actual power dictated.
We certainly think that anyone else taking over our position would make it clear whether we are moderate or not, but in our case even fairness has unreasonably resulted in more blame than praise.
In defence of colonialism more than slavery I quote Thucydides’s Peloponnesian War (Athenians speaking).
This is to say: Western Civilisation should be praised for having been so moderate. It could have behaved far worse, and others in our position would likely have done so.
1. Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. Trans. Steven Lattimore. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing, 1998. 38. Print.