St. Augustine tells the story of a pirate captured by Alexander the Great, who asked him ‘how he dares molest the sea.’ “How dare you molest the whole world?”

The Pirate replied: “Because I do it with a little ship only, I am called a thief; you doing it with a great navy, are called an Emperor.”

– “Pirates and Emperors, Old and New – International Terrorism in the Real World” by Noam Chomsky.