True, the title bugs me, but here's where the core of the issue lies. If science and technology (as they are popularly defined) were the only innovation of Western thought and civilization, then my doubts above would be justified. But fortunately, the foundation of our science, which stems from a tradition of increasing self-awareness and rationality from the Greek philosophers onward, is what we have to offer other cultures.
This doesn't entirely redeem us, because science and rationality are often confused with technology, and information. I would submit that before we endeavor to 'enlighten' other dark, backward peoples, we first concentrate on making our own society more self-aware, aware of the forces that form us and our actions and attitudes, and more rational, good, principle-centered people.
This whole paragraph I hope to develop further and better, because in it I refer to concepts and ideas that have a certain meaning to me, based on the things I've read and thought, and the context in which I heard them. I also hope to make this page a page of thoughtful, meaningful opinion on issues.
Back to my soapbox.