Let's talk about that special evil a little. Europeans invaded the continent. They brought their foul diseases with them. But before the diseases did their dirty work, the Europeans began killing or enslaving the natives. Soon after they arrived, they read the Pope's Requirement, in which they basically declared themselves owners and rulers of the "New World."
"All-out war was not foreign to the Indians"...but it was foreign enough that the quote had to clarify that it wasn't completely foreign. In fact, the quote used the words "not foreign" precisely to convey that such all-out warfare was uncommon. This stands in contrast to Europe's conflicts, in which all-out warfare was common.
Pontiac's rebellion was a minor part of the French and Indian War, a typical example of Europeans slaughtering each other as they've done for millennia. Ever hear of the Crusades? The Thirty Years' War? The Hundred Years' War? Wars and campaigns that went on for decades were commonplace in Europe but almost completely unknown to America's Indians.
"Indian warriors killed ... in an attempt to extirpate the enemy"--the enemy that started the warfare by illegally taking the Indians' land by hook, crook, or force. That's what you do when someone invades your homeland and tries to conquer you, Andrews. You extirpate them if you can.
Indians committed genocide too?
Indian tribes warred with each other, but they rarely if ever "exterminated" each other. More to the point, the only reason they "tried to exterminate colonists" was in self-defense. Duh.
The stupidity of this argument is mind-boggling. Is Andrews seriously claiming that because the Indians defended themselves, that justified the colonists' attacks?! The attacks came first, bright boy; the defense came second. The colonists had no valid reason to be upset after they goaded the Indians into defending themselves against the colonists' depredations.
This whole "two wrongs make a right" argument is idiotic--like something a kindergartner might claim. It's the typical "morality" of a right-wing conservative who apparently can't think straight. "Because you killed someone 200 years ago, we have the right to kill you. And you don't have the right to defend yourself while we're killing you."
Everyone is equally savage?
In fact, what you've demonstrated through your explicit and implicit comments is how much more evil the Europeans were. If you think the Europeans and Indians were morally equivalent, show us the equivalence.
"People" may be just as savage or kind everywhere, but we're talking about cultures, not individuals. The hard fact you can't or won't admit is that Western civilization conquered and raped the world and indigenous civilizations didn't.
The Europeans' social compacts
Indians had cultural and "legal" rights protected by social compacts. Their rules about who could marry whom, who owned which property, and what the penalties were for crimes were probably as ironclad as the Europeans'. The only difference was, they maintained these rights and compacts orally rather than in writing.
In fact, I'll bet the egalitarian Indian societies stuck to their social compacts a lot more than their European contemporaries did. In Europe, brutal, oppressive monarchies and aristocracies kept the masses downtrodden. People were segregated into upper-crust patricians and poverty-stricken peasants. Movement between the rigid social classes was almost impossible. The "social compacts" existed primarily to protect this status quo--to maintain the elites' wealth and power.
These "social compacts in name only" are why the years following the French and Indian War saw the American Revolution, the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, the War of 1812, the Crimean War, etc., etc. The social compacts that "protected" the rights of (white, male) Euro-Americans were ripped to shreds by muskets, cannons, and guillotines. The compacts were so "effective" that they barely stopped land- and power-hungry Western nations from drenching each other--and the rest of the world--in blood.
Any questions? Thanks for giving me the chance to kick your butt, Andrews. Next time you want to quote my site, think long and hard first. Try to avoid drawing false conclusions--e.g. that the Europeans and Indians were equally evil--so I don't have to correct your mistakes and biases.
For more on the subject, see This Ain't No Party, This Ain't No Disco: A Columbus Day Rant and The Myth of Western Superiority.
Below: The French "social compact" in action.