Timothy Burke writes:

South Africa’s nationhood was proposed as a new moral covenant for the 21st Century, through an extensive process of constitutionalism and a strong commitment to far-reaching liberal political ideals. It wasn’t just a failed colonial project dropped like a bomb on Africans by a European power hastily scrambling to extricate itself from an accelerating disaster.

That last sentence expresses exactly how I feel about imperialism. If Europeans, especially the British, had lived up to all their rhetoric about trusteeship and bringing ‘subject peoples’ gradually to the point of self-goverment, I would not be so anti-imperialist.