What arrogance we display when we attempt to tell others how to live. Shouldn't we be examples instead, living free, fair lives and doing the right thing because it's the right thing. No one needs to tell anyone else not to lie, cheat, steal or hurt. Either we learned all of that or figured it out as kids or we're not going to ever know it.
Same thing with our nations and our cultures. I suppose all empires start out with some benevolent ideas. We want their land and their resources. We'll give them our religions and our culture. It's never going to last and it's never going to work.
The temporarily conquered probably have their own deities who have already told them not to lie or cheat or steal or hurt. Those good guys seem to all share the same, simple messages.
So this time around we think that $4.00 a gallon gasoline is a good deal when it has been subsidized with the blood of our nation's sons and daughters and the wasted lives of untold numbers from other countries. We'll talk about the hate for us as a country with good intentions another time.
Pray for peace. Search for truth. Love.