Ferguson on the human cost of empire

First, remember that people may kill one another even more in the absence of empire—see sub-Saharan Africa. Second, if we don’t extend our civilization, an even worse empire may emerge—see the Cold War. It is the habitual fantasy of many Americans that if the U.S. would just stop intervening abroad everybody in the world would enact the lyrics of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” History suggests otherwise.