Thursday, November 12, 2009

Colonialism: creating your own problems, then blaming someone else for them

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Christopher Caldwell
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Christopher Caldwell: This is indeed Europe's biggest problem. But it happened through a series of accidents. After the second World War, Europe for the first time felt the need to import millions of people from outside of Europe to rebuild. And they expected these workers, from North Africa, from Turkey [which, bt-dubs, is in Europe], from elsewhere in the non-European world to go back home when they finished the work of reconstruction. And they didn't.

Stephen Colbert: Did they make the terrible mistake, as colonial powers, of making these people's home countries terrible places to live?

Christopher Caldwell: That is one element of it.


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