“Except for the good old Brits, we’re all alone.”

Thomas Friedman observes cynically (not necessarily incorrectly), “This time we’ll have to pay our own way, and for others. Unfortunately, killing 5,000 innocent Americans in New York just doesn’t get the rest of the world that exercised. In part we’re to blame. The unilateralist message the Bush team sent from its first day in office — get rid of the Kyoto climate treaty, forget the biological treaty, forget arms control, and if the world doesn’t like it that’s tough — has now come back to haunt us.”

But concludes with resolve, “My advice: Try not to focus on any of this. Focus instead on the firemen who rushed into the trade center towers without asking, “How much?” Focus on the thousands of U.S. reservists who have left their jobs and families to go fight in Afghanistan without asking, “What’s in it for me?” Unlike the free-riders in our coalition, these young Americans know that Sept. 11 is our holy day — the first day in a just war to preserve our free, multi-religious, democratic society. And I don’t really care if that war coincides with Ramadan, Christmas, Hanukkah or the Buddha’s birthday — the most respectful and spiritual thing we can do now is fight it until justice is done.”