I think that this is a valid comparison since both incidences are clear indications of social Darwinism. During European civilization, European nations went around the world colonization nations and destroying their way of lives so as to get raw materials to feed their industries. Any resistance to this colonization was crushed regardless of how many people died or way of live destroyed. This is the same with what we are witnessing today as western nations are doing whatever they can to gain access to oil reserves in the Persian Gulf (Dickens, Peter,pg 48). A good example was the invasion of Iraq where America used an excuse of looking for weapons of mass destruction whereas the main agenda was to gain control of oil fields in Iraq. Although President Bush knew that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, he waged a war against the poor country and the war resulted in the deaths of many innocent Iraqis. Up to now, Iraq has not fully recovered economically and socially from the impacts of the gulf war.
Duiker has not overstepped his mandate as an editor since he just expressed his opinion. Just like journalists, text book editors have a right to give their view on a subject provided they have facts to support their argument. Although such an opinion may be considered inflammatory, the author lives the door open for readers to also come up with their conclusions after reading the book (Dickens, Peter, pg 75). We still believe in Social Darwinism today as shown in our schools and society in general. Those who are weak among us either physically or mentally are disregarded and discriminated against. This means poor people are trampled upon by the rich and they are either forced to beg in the streets or die of starvation. Some people believe that the government should stop spending so much money in helping the weak and the poor since they are a burden to the rich. Very few people even those in government seem to care about stopping this cycle as witnessed by suggestions to cut Medicare as the poor as seen as a drain on America.
Dickens, Peter. Social Darwinism: Linking Evolutionary Thought to Social Theory Philadelphia: Open University Press, 2000.