"The fact is, as much as we do not like Western power in principle, in practice there are many instances where we solicit it for what we think is right, because there is no alternative. Naturally, we seek out these alternatives if we can. But it is hypocritical to foreclose the same options to others when in our daily lives as Westerners we pursue them all the time."
Heard in an imaginary cafe:
"Johnny gets paid $45 an hour, why shouldn't all those people over there?"
"But, that's not the point. The point is that Johnny gets paid to..."
"Are you a hypocrite? Johnny has access to the best medicine, the best insurance, the best food. Why shouldn't everyone else have what Johnny has? Why shouldn't I?"
"Okay, let's back up, maybe? What we have to discuss first is what Johnny does to get the money and access, and..."
"You're not paying attention to all the people who don't have what Johnny has. It's easy for you to complain about what Johnny's doing because you're not looking at all the people who don't get what Johnny's got. We have to think about what they want."
"...what we're trying to show you is what Johnny does to get what Johnny has. It's not that complex a problem. If Johnny wasn't doing what he does everyday..."
"Do these people have a claim on the same benefits Johnny receives?
"Sure, but that's not the point, here. We have plenty of room to discuss how to get everyone these benefits. That's a great topic, but it has little to do with Johnny. You refuse to consider or admit aloud how it is Johnny gets his goodies. You want to ignore how he obtains his benefits, in order to argue that others should have access to them. You don't seem to understand that you can't make this arbitrary division between the benefit, and how it's got."
"If the people want what Johnny's got, who are you to argue against them? Your privileged Western upbringing blinds you to..."
"Can you at least recognize that Johnny is a mercenary security specialist for an oil outfit, with a questionable track record and history of breaking his promises?..."
Overheard on the sidewalk outside an imaginary cafe:
"Why are you punching me in the face?"
"That girl over there said she was in danger."
"Nope. Just that she was pretty sure there was danger to her coming from somewhere near to where you are standing."
"I've never seen her before in my life."
"So what? You're standing right where all the danger is coming from, and..."
"Could you please stop punching me in the face? If you don't stop, I'm gonna hit you back."
"You're going to use violence? Well, see, the girl was right. There is danger right here, where you are standing.