The Winning of the West Vol. 4  The Indian Wars Page 56
By President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt

“The Most ultimately righteous of all wars is a war with savages,  though it
is apt to be also the most terrible and inhuman.  The rude, fierce settler
who drives the savage from the land lays all civilized mankind under a debt
to him.  American and Indian, Boer and Zulu,  Cossack and Tartar, New
Zealander and Maori,--in each case the victor, horrible though many of his
deeds are, has laid deep the foundations for the future greatness of a
mighty people.  The consequences of struggles for territory between
civilized nations seem small by comparison.  Looked at from the
standpoint of the ages, it is of little moment whether Lorraine is part of
Germany or of France, whether the northern Adriatic cities pay homage to
Austrian Kaiser or Italian King;  But it is of incalculable importance that
America, Australia, and Siberia should pass out of the hands of their red,
black, and yellow aboriginal owners,  and become the heritage of the
dominant world races.”
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