Effectiveness, not anger and envy

The tsunami disaster puts in plain view how people respond. There are those who want to place blame. There are those who want to use it as a tool to advance an agenda. There are others who see a need to be met.

There are also values that can be seen in what people choose to do and how they do it. These become important influences on the final result and the efficiency of achieving that result.

There is growing interest in some American quarters in the idea of a new international association, open only to countries that elect their leaders democratically. At a minimum, Americans expect transparency, accountability, and some greater approach to even-handedness in the Middle East. But the real challenge to all of us, in all the democracies, is this: to be guided by realities, not fantasies – and especially not such uniquely unconvincing fantasies as the allegedly unique moral authority of the United Nations. [David Frum; This disaster exposes the myth of the UN’s moral authority; Telegraph. 9ja05]

The sense of communities depends upon shared values and shared goals. What Frum is saying is that this sense of community suffers when the focus is on one of the members of the community rather than on the results that are supposedly desired.

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