I hate to think what would be happening, were McCain our president rather than Obama. I don’t think I can recall so many major problems facing our nation since WW II. The list is almost endless.

We are trying to disengage from two ‘wars’ — Iraq and Afghanistan — which are costing us a fortune.

Iran threatens.

We are facing the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

Poverty in various parts of the world is stimulating mass murders — mainly of Muslims by fellow Muslims.

Our world population growth is threatening the resources needed for human life and creating political conflicts connected therewith — particularly water.

The freakish weather that has hit other parts of the globe as well as the U.S. is both killing people and again stimulating murderous conflicts. If the world is warming, the lives of billions will be threatened.

Our Western major religions seem to have a number of members who are bent on wars and variously abusing people.

Peace-makers are attacked for sabotaging national interests.

Frankly I don’t know how Obama keeps all of these and other threats to humanity in mind, let alone figures the best ways to cope with them. He obviously cares about the well-being of people and peace, but there are so many conflicts of interests that it is difficult to figure how to weigh them against each other.

And unhappily we have the party of ‘No’ which constantly places him under attack rather than joining in the struggle to save ourselves.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent (blind copies)

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