We know the world isn’t black and white; its many thorny issues have shades of gray. Still, we suspect some things are universal.
We think, for example, that all human beings long to be free, which is to say people don’t descend on their town squares begging their governments to enslave them. Instead, the thousands of people filling the streets of Beijing are demanding that their government allow them to govern themselves, or at least choose their leaders. Only when such protests gain international sympathy do government-paid and government-encouraged thugs descend on the same streets to beat up the peaceful people seeking freedom.
We think too that good guys wear white, or at least they don’t wear masks. The terrorists of the Islamic State like to show us beheadings, but they don’t like to show the face of the person doing the beheading. We wonder why people so certain in their cause choose not to be the face of that cause.
Again, the world is a complicated place, but we all want to be free, and only cowards hide from their actions.