Monday, January 12, 2015

Absence of Leadership and Philosophy

Piers Morgan has written an editorial about the lack of the presence of the United States leadership at the Paris rally and support yesterday by millions in support of Charlie Hebdo solidarity.

At the head of the march were 50 world leaders; the Prime Ministers of France, Britain, Spain, Denmark, Poland, Turkey and Israel stood side-by-side, arm-in-arm with the German chancellor, the Palestinian president, and the Queen of Jordan. 

As a country who prides itself as being on top of the world hierarchy, the United States absence of leadership would be noticed.  Also, as a country who prides itself on spending trillions of dollars fighting international terrorism, absence of leadership would be noticed. And of course Morgan would get the point across by referring to the sport in this country on top of the sports hierarchy only played by men and mostly popular only in the United States - football.

As a country who thinks military might and free use of guns will solve problems, our lack of leadership presence sends another message - other ways of addressing problems in the world are not as effective. We'll see who is right in the end.