Paris, October 29, 2014 – The Western nations since the age of exploration and imperialism have accustomed themselves to mastery over emergent, backward or broken nations, or primitive or failed empires.
They exercised over them a rule that ranged from the ruthless and exploitative to the paternalism of the latter-day colonialism of the 1920s to 1950s. They nominated their monarchs, offered them western education and religion, and held out to them unconsidered and unfulfilled promises that someday they would be like their western masters, possessing an imitation of western ways of life and the prospect of distant graduation into their own version of the civilization practiced by the West.
Today the tables have been turned in the relations of imperialist victims and imperial rulers; the nature of the relationship is changing into a new one of terrorization or victimization of the latter by the former.
This is true even for the United States, which traditionally has proudly held itself a liberator of nations, but held a real Empire from 1898/1901 until 1945, including the Philippines, with Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and scattered Pacific territories its ambiguous present-day reminder and remnant. In present-day America the liberation flag can no longer in conscience be flown.
The threat of terror produced by past victims of American Middle Eastern imperialism reacts to the new imperialism of the United States that appeared after it had survived the Cold War in its Russian and Vietnamese phases, and moved into the Arab world.
Now the Islamic Middle East is striking back in a sudden and ruthless way that has alarmed and even panicked many European and North American individuals and politicians.
People once refugees in the West, now are returning to the Islamic scene as candidate-terrorists, ambitious afterwards to return to the countries that had once taken them in -- and then pretty much abandoned them to ghetto life, the governments of these countries not knowing what to do with them that might turn this mass of persecuted peoples into integrated Westerners.