It's not just utility monopolies that routinely slough off concern for the effects of their actions. I find this depressing. My reaction may be self-indulgent.
We the people of these United States simply find it more than we can do to attend to wars in which we don't, right this minute anyway, have our own soldiers dying.
I know, it is only human to pick and choose what we attend to. And all this agony is very far away in places we can't locate and don't understand.
But since we've been an empire since at least 1945, and the sole Alpha Global Dog since 1989 (though now on the wane), the quality of our democracy at home depends on whether our rulers are unregulated in their behavior toward the rest of the world.
And though we may not care now, as U.S. power declines -- as it must when other peoples demand their place in the sun -- we will have to care about what is done in our name in those faraway places.