Question: What forces have shaped humanity most?
Gerry Adams: Well, from my perspective, I mean the big force has been the forces of imperialism. Wherever it's on the one hand the Holocaust; on the other hand, just the genocide of people, indigenous people everywhere. Look at the map of Africa, all the perimeters between the states are straight lines. Look at Iraq. So Iraq or even the Middle East, all the legacy of colonialism and imperialism. That's not a very considered or educated, it's just drawn from my own experience of my own place where I live. I think that's what shaped in a negative sense.
Recorded on: Oct 8, 2007