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October 21, 2006

To claim that we are civilizing Turkey by giving her steamships and railroads, by disciplining her armies, and by instructing her in how to maneuver flotillas, is not spreading civilization into the East, but introducing barbarity into the West: future Ibrahims will be empowered to take us back to the time of Charles Martel, or to the siege of Vienna, when Europe was saved by heroic Poland, over whom the ingratitude of our kings weighs heavily.

Filed under: Uncategorized — limewoody @ 6:05 am

Chateaubriand:

To claim that we are civilizing Turkey by giving her steamships and railroads, by disciplining her armies, and by instructing her in how to maneuver flotillas, is not spreading civilization into the East, but introducing barbarity into the West: future Ibrahims will be empowered to take us back to the time of Charles Martel, or to the siege of Vienna, when Europe was saved by heroic Poland, over whom the ingratitude of our kings weighs heavily.

I should state that I was the only one, along with Benjamin Constant, to signal the lack of foresight of the Christian governments: a people whose social order is based on slavery and polygamy is a people that should be sent back to the steppes of Mongolia.

Via: GalliaWatch

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