For those of us who champion the Judeo-Christian values of Western Civilization, it is disturbing to comprehend the message in the Robert D Kaplan book, Warrior Politics: Why Leadership Demands a Pagan Ethos. In essence Mr Kaplan argues that our heritage in traditional values, needs to be relegated to "personal virtues", and should not underpin our foreign policy. He lauds Tiberius as a model for Roman Imperialism, and commends Machiavelli for his pragmatic social advice. Hardly the finest examples of enlightened achievements in our cultural legacy. If this is the best model to shape our world view, just how civilized are we to begin with?
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