O.K. So the entire world isn't against us. Just France. And that mattered until they stated that EU candidate nations shouldn't be choosing sides because it might hurt their chances of being accepted into the EU. Um, excuse me, but if the point of a republic isn't "one [person], one vote," can we at least agree on "one person, one voice?" In any free state, the individuals get a voice. So why not the countries? Do they not get their say? And FRANCE? "Liberté, Egalité, Fraternity." But only for the French? I don't think so, and neither do many of the EU member nations and those being considered for membership.
So now the only problem with a war is that the major religious leaders in all of Christendom have decided it's wrong. Murder is wrong. But war isn't murder, out political leaders argue. We're still on the side of right. War isn't murder, any more than intentionally hitting someone walking on the side of the road is murder, any more than crashing a plane into an office tower with the intention of killing a bunch of people is murder. Murder is not the killing of a bunch of people in a government building out of hatred for the government. Murder is not the deaths of people who happened to be in the bullet spray of a drive-by shooting. But the Bible doesn't say, "Thou shalt not commit the sin of murder." It clearly states that "thou shalt not kill." So 'our' religious leaders protest. But have any of them gotten off their comfortable chairs and marched in protest? No, and they probably won't. Power comes with privilege. Privilege should come with responsibility. But what sort? Armchair diplomacy? They don't have the kind of power to make that stick. All they can do is to tell the people who look to them for guidance to protest. But wouldn't it be nice for them to be actual leaders for a change? To take to the streets in protest and be the shepherds they claim to be? This, instead of proclaimations from on high decrying this war as wrong.
So are we on the side of right or not? Apparently not, but we are bulling ahead anyway. Why? Because we need fossil fuels. And why do we need fossil fuels? Because only now are we doing anything about the global energy crisis that we have caused. Yes, we. As in the United States of America. We consume 33% of the world's natural resources. We have a population less than 1% of the world's population. This must be that "new math" educators are talking about. The kind of calculus that justifies the logic behind 1% consuming 33%. It's this kind of math that creates the global devisiveness we are witnessing. From here it can, and likely will, get worse.
Unless we create more resources. And if anyone can, it's US. Why? Simple. We have the ability to turn our outrageous consumption into an earth-shattering commodity: ideas. Yes, ideas. Not patented, profitable, market-sharing inventions. But ecologically sound, globally affordable, quality-of-life enhancing inventions. We can focus on things like: solar and wind collectors; hydrogen, boron, or vegetable oil combustion engines; more, cheaper, and better water reclaimation plants; low impact farming and ranching including greater genetic diversity in crops; more effecient recycling. I can see a future with clean air, and water for everyone. I can see a future with enough food for everyone. I can see a future that includes a rain forest. But I can also see a future with coastlines and ridgetops spoiled with our need for power. At which point we need to ask: Do we really need all that power?
Not only do we have the ability and the right to do this, to change the world for the better, we have the responsiblity. We have 33% of the power to change the world. We control it with money and might, diplomacy and market shares and nuclear weapons. This means that the fate of the world largely rests with US. Or those who will rise to stop US. If we do not start to take responsibility for our actions against the world, for the negative impact of our economic, military, and environmental policies, that responsibility, and the power that comes with it, will be taken from US. Either by those with aims more noble than ours, or by those with desires more base than ours. Both groups want what we have and both will fight us to get it. We will need to stop sitting on the fence and decide: do we sacrifice our moral principles and take what we want from the world, or do we sacrifice our need to posess, our need for power. We will need to make sacrifices. We will need to learn how.