Oh, I agree.<quoted text>You know, I had never thought much about what life was like under Roman rule. The first article I found on the subject was, to my surprise, by HG Wells, and I quite enjoyed it. It depicts Roman rule as being fairly light-handed but tainted by the empire's slave culture:
Much more detailed that the next two I looked at, it was nevertheless fairly consistent with them. It think the lesson for modern culture is pretty clear: no matter how benevolently occupations ares administered, they are inherently intolerable to most occupied populations:
The lesson is clear: better to negotiate changes with existing governments when possible than to overthrow them and create societies in which localized terrorism becomes a necessity for anyone with a hint of national pride.
It seems that the "tribalism" meme is firmly implanted in our genetic dispositions.
I was reminded of the movie The Life Of Brian, when I was reading your posts.
Remember the scene where they are asking, "What have the (with disdain) Romans ever done for US?"
... and the resultant conversation was Brilliant.