The world is a dangerous place and becoming more so. We know that. Almost every day now, news arrives that somebody killed his neighbor or his wife or blew up a bus or a building or a workplace, etc.
And if that isn’t enough, somebody shot down a commercial airliner in Ukraine, bombed a U.N. school in Gaza and planned to attack Norway in the name of Islam.
The United States decides to take in children from Central America to keep them safe from drug wars, but if the goal is to keep children safe, that’s hardly sufficient. Children are endangered everywhere now, as are millions of adults.
In such an environment, history tells us that one thing will happen — might will make right. The rule of law is unraveling as are human decency and civilized behavior.
Some people like to point to India’s Gandhi, who brought independence to his nation 66 years ago, and suggest that non-violence can prevail. Yes, it can, if the enemy is an exhausted British Empire on its last legs and still trying to dig out of the rubble of World War II.
But ask yourself this: What if the enemy had been the Soviet Union’s Stalin or Russia’s Putin?
Some also like to point to Martin Luther King’s non-violent tactics in ending segregation. But they forget that lots of people died before the federal government sent troops to Little Rock and Selma and other parts of the South.
Once the racists realized that the feds meant business, real change came about.
But who means business today? The U.S. has given back democracy’s gains in Iraq and Afghanistan. We now argue about whether or not to support a democratic republic like Israel. We pretend that Putin and his ilk can be embarrassed into civilized behavior.
Eventually, the vacuum of power sweeping the globe will be eliminated, and the strongest leader with the most committed following will run the world. Either we stand up for the rule of law locally, nationally and globally, or we suffer the consequences. Might eventually makes right.