The summer of 2014 has seen a series of global crises: civilian planes being shot down over the Ukraine, renewed fighting and unrest in Iraq, the ongoing civil war in Syria, terrorist bombings in Nigeria, violence between Gaza and Israel, and renewed fears of terrorist attacks in Europe and North America.
Even for those of us who lived through Sept. 11 and the subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, this summer has left us shaken at a deep level.
As Americans, we are a nation of doers. We like to fix problems and like to believe that all problems can be fixed. But with so much of the world exploding in violence, we find no answer to our question “What can we do?”