The white man’s burden seems particularly heavy today

This interview Mr. Tomorrow found with Daniel Pipes —:

Q: What is the biggest lesson you have learned from the Iraq war?

PIPES: The ingratitude of the Iraqis for the extraordinary favor we gave them.

— raises an important question: have the wogs always been this ungrateful? The historical evidence indicates they have. Henry Morton Stanley knew this; here’s what he wrote about his 190 African servants on his 1871 trip to find Dr. Livingstone:

“The blacks give me an immense amount of trouble; they are too ungrateful to suit my fancy.”

Also like Iraqis, Stanley’s servants had a tendency to die in copious, ungrateful quantities.

FURTHERMORE: Seymour Hersh:

The Patai book [“The Arab Mind”], an academic told me, was “the bible of the neocons on Arab behavior.” In their discussions, he said, two themes emerged—“one, that Arabs only understand force…”

Henry Morton Stanley:

The savage only respects force, power, boldness, and decision…”