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"Principle horrors"? & "Came almost exclusively"? "Remember too, that virtually every one of the principle horrors of the 20th century came almost exclusively from strictly secular regimes: Leopard II of Belgium in the Congo, Hitler, Mussolini, Lenin and Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot." (From "A World Without Islam" by Graham E. Fuller) What are the meaning of "principle horrors" and "came almost exclusively" in this sentence?
Sep 29, 2012 3:13 PM
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"PrinciPAL horrors". Either he had written it incorrectly, or he was trying to make some word-play (which, given the context, is very inappropriate). Principal = main. If we try to understand "principle" as in "fundamental", it still makes very little sense. Writer's error. So, "principal horrors" apply to the most inhumane and widespread actions, eg. systematic massacres and suchlike. "(they) came almost exclusively from" can be understood as "almost every single example (of this) came from..."
September 30, 2012
Principle horrors are wars and tyranny extinguishing people on the large scale like WWII, Bolshevism and Stalinism in Russia, Pol Pot regime in Kampuchea. Mao - in China with his cultural revolution - you must know it quite well. 'Came almost exclusively', i.e. mainly, from secular countries, where people had lost trust in God.
September 29, 2012
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