This is a late post, so I doubt many will read it.
During the 1700’s 1800’s and early 1900’s, part of the justification (rationalizing) for colonialism was the concept of “the White Man’s Burden”. The White Christain European had an obligation to civilize the savage, and bring law and enlightenment to their lands. Admittedly, this was a racist view, arising from the false pride of white supremacy.
In Saturday morning’s paper, I read about how a group of men in India gang-raped a 14 year old girl, because her older brother was accused of rape of one of their clan. Incidents of public rapes have been reported in India for a while now. I cannot recount all the stories I have read about how women are treated (abused) in the Muslim world. Slavery has outlasted the American 13th amendment, and is alive and prospering in central Africa. Cannabalistic practice is still found in parts of Africa. The brutality of the murders and executions in Iraq today (And Iran) shows an utter lack of justice, compassion or self-examination.
Yes, brutality can exist even in advanced countries (Nazi Germany, American extermination of native tribes, the Armenian Genocide by Turks) I guess our white colonizers just didn’t get that part of the job done.