If only that were true. Google is far more than "just a search engine". It is fast becoming THE interface to the Internet.
It is exactly these type of statements that can be construed as defending Google. It demonstrates an utter refusal to acknowledge the dominance that Google has assumed on the Internet, just as you refuse to acknowledge how that dominance influences those that own Internet properties.
Which really is the point of this thread - the relationship between Google and webmasters.