Those of us from the industrialized nations can have a pretty skewed notion of our place in the world. We've had it so good for so long we've come to believe the continuation of that imbalance our right. We are entitled to keep pursuing affluence regardless that others may be bearing the end costs of it.
We're being watched. The developing nations and the Third World are keeping a close eye on us and they don't like what they see. Now with the Cancun climate summit a week off, they're accusing the rich countries of "holding humanity hostage." From The Guardian:
Tonight the first shots were fired in what are likely to be serious diplomatic clashes at the talks. In an interview with the Guardian, Bolivia's ambassador to the UN accused rich countries of "holding humanity hostage" and undermining the UN. " [Their] deliberate attempts to sideline democracy and justice in the climate debate will be viewed as reckless and immoral by future generations," he said. " I feel that Cancún will become a new Copenhagen if there is no shift in the next few days."
" There is deep frustration among the least developed countries", said Bruno Sikoli, the spokesman for the 54-strong group of mainly African countries. " "We feel there has been far too much talking. If the rich countries put nothing new on the table, then it will be very serious. Climate change is affecting our countries hard now. It is most urgent."
If we think we've got a terrorism problem now in radical Islam just wait to see what will come out of a devastated Third World that squarely blames us for their plight.