The most disappointing aspect of the dustup between the president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, Bryan Brewer, and Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman was not that the meeting ended without meaningful resolution. Many discussions about how best to slow alcohol sales to reservation residents in Whiteclay, Neb., have been held over the years, to no avail. Most disappointing was the confrontational tone and tack taken during a requested meeting on the subject. Neither side is served by an escalation of tensions or a shifting of blame, and neither side is blameless for the human damage done. In this situation, seeking real opportunities for cooperation is of greater public benefit than pointing fingers at what the other side could do.
The latest estimate puts the number of dead in Syria’s horrific civil war at more than 100,000. Some additional, mortifying numbers help illustrate the full scale of the catastrophe: An estimated 1.5 million people have fled to neighboring countries, and the number of homeless inside Syria, a country of 21 million, is put at 4.5 million. The entire region has been shaken by an event of this magnitude, with untold ramifications for the future.