by David Hillstrom, Foreign Policy Journal, September 20, 2011
At the end of the Second World War, the colonial age in modern history had come to a close. The colonial period is a blemish on the nations of Europe, the US, and Japan, although none of them have practiced policies of sincere regret, let alone compensation. Rather, many opinion leaders from the former colonial powers have pointed to the legacy of organization and infrastructure that they left in the colonized world. Many also have remarked that the new, independent states that emerged were more often than not dictatorial and corrupt. Of course, there have been countries that have failed to produce either economic well-being or open political institutions for their people. That is regrettable; but the lesson to global powers (and former colonial powers) should be that direct intervention is neither justifiable nor morally warranted. The only appropriate policy is to engage developing nations with fair trade deals and incentives to develop both economically and politically.