Al Gore has famously said of global warming:
“This is not a political issue. This is a moral issue — it affects the survival of human civilization. Put simply, it is wrong to destroy the habitability of our planet and ruin the prospects of every generation that follows ours.”
You can take your pick of where you think the most immoral things are happening — with the world either standing by and doing nothing, or actively contributing to the problem: Burma, China, Darfur, Iraq, Russia….
For me, this line of thought was triggered by two recent events. First, our Attorney General nominee, Michael Mukasey, is unwilling to call waterboarding torture — yet is defended by President Bush and the conservatives, and he still might be confirmed! As the New York Times explained:
Waterboarding is torture and was prosecuted as such as far back as 1902 by the United States military when used in a slightly different form on insurgents in the Philippines. It meets the definition of torture that existed in American law and international treaties until Mr. Bush changed those rules.
The message sent is that, at least during this administration, the United States has lost any claim to moral superiority.
Second, the weekend box office report revealed that the most popular movie in the land is, by far, Saw IV – the fourth in a series of torture-fests, which have broken all records for Halloween movies: