Quite an unlikely place to make a commitment to the policy of the current U.S. administration: the French philosopher Andre Glucksmann, in an interview with Germany's left-wing weekly SPIEGEL, defends America against accusations of imperialism:
The mythology of American superiority is used to make the US responsible for everything and to make it guilty for everything. (...) The world has been multipolar for quite a while, the US cannot dictate everything. Putin is more imperial than the US, and modern China resembles ancient Egypt of the Pharoahs, with the modern technology married with the modern equivalent of mass slave labor.
(Well, well, well...at least the Chinese make nice business partners for Gerhard.)
Glucksmann rejects the notion that poverty is one of the causes for terrorism:
Throughout history people have been repressed, tyrannized, occupied, have experienced deliberate famines and exploitation without resorting to the kind of hateful terrorism that you see today. For Glucksmann, true heros are those who under such circumstances do not resort to mass murder and terror. Terror has poisoned all modern liberation movements, from Algeria to Vietnam; when the means become horrible, they destroy the ends, regardless of how noble they might be.
And modern terrorism based on hate isn't a function of poverty, but is also at home in the palaces of the rich.
This hate is centered on three objects: Jews, Americans and Women. (emphasis added)
John F. Opie has translated much of the interview (the excerpt above is taken from his posting.)
Read it all.