I have a riddle for you.
What is the one quality that guarantees greatness? What is the quality that allows a man to leave an indelible mark on history?
Let me give you some clues. It is the quality that made it possible for the British to bomb Iraqi villages for nonpayment of taxes between the wars. It’s the quality that gave us Auschwitz; it gave us the firebombing of Tokyo and Dresden. It gave us Hiroshima and Hanoi; it made possible Baghdad and Fallujah. And it is now leading Israel to the pinnacle of glory.
So, here's the answer before you overtax your brain. The quality I am speaking of is the serene barbarity of the civilized.
It is a quality you possess in excess. It is a quality that is born of an intellect drained of emotion and feeling. It is what produces the clear-eyed realist who can transform bureaucratic sclerosis into falling bombs.
It is what has given us the highest expressing of western thought: war by laptop.
In your wildest dreams, did you ever believe that you would be a guardian of western values?