QatzelOk wrote:But please apply this to our own allies as well, since these are the countries we can actually influence, and our countries (in Europe and other Western nations) are the most powerful forces for violence for the last few centuries.
Yes western nations were the most powerful, hence their violence had much greater reach. But intrinsically our cultures were less violent and have become more so. This is why I have no tolerance for apologies for Black African slavery. If Black Africans could have reached Europe they would have done the same. What Europeans and the English and British in particular did is create the technological and economic basis for nicer moral values. If you have an agrarian economy you are going to have agrarian moral values. If you have horticultural economy you are going to have horticultural moral values.
All the moral carping against "evil White people" is based on an economy and a culture that these so called evil White people created. We like to talk about inalienable human rights. We have evolved to think of morals as absolutes. There is a name for people who apply moral relativism in their every day lives: psychopaths. its good that in every day life in modern western societies people treat morals as absolutes, that human life is sacred, that people including women have ownership of their own bodies. But once we move out of modern western societies, as we move out of peace into war and as we move back into history we can no longer afford moral absolutism, if we want to avoid falling into absurdity.