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  •  Amen to that. (0+ / 0-)

    In the computer game Civilization IV, the player seeks to expand to a continental or world spanning modern superpower starting from a single settlement in 4000 BC. During the game, as competing civilizations build more cities and control more territory, dark areas, not yet under control or  fully garrisoned with adequate troops, spawn uncivilized tribal fighters who spew into the developed world to attack cities, improvements, workforces and military forces of the established civilizations.

    Afghanistan is such a dark area in the real world. So are failed states like Somalia and nearly failed states like North Korea. Both the game and the reality of human civlization on this planet require that humans who have highly developed their parts of the world act only in their own self interest when they seek to eliminate those patches where, to some greater or lesser extent, modern human civilization does not yet extend.

    "I Think We're All Bozos on This Bus" Firesign Theatre 1971

    by LeftOfYou on Tue Feb 24, 2009 at 05:20:28 PM PST

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    •  You'd have a hard time selling that (0+ / 0-)

      it sounds too much like "White Man's Burden".

      You're better off just sticking to the failed state idea, and dropping the barbarian inferences, true as they may sound.

      Tinfoil! ...it's the new black!

      by mosesfreeman on Tue Feb 24, 2009 at 06:11:33 PM PST

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