It would be a pity for this interview with John Ralston Saul to go unread, especially the last bit:
The government seems to have appropriated the term “ethical oil.” This would seem to presuppose that everything a democratic country produces is therefore “ethical.”
A country is only as ethical as what it does. Being a democracy doesn’t make you ethical. Actions are what will be judged. Judged by people, judged by history, judged by your opponents, judged by your fellow citizens. You don’t get a free pass because you have done one thing right. Every action will be judged. You are not ethical sitting there doing nothing. You are ethical because you have done something right.