During the Enies Lobby Arc, Kokoro mentioned that no matter what the outcome, Luffy's name 'would be heard throughout the world' and I was all like , "awsome, so they're going to be major players in the world from now on!!"
But with the recent chapter(s), I've been getting the feeling that, while the SHs will be involved in major global events, they are going to be detached from it. Not following? Lemme put it this way.
In Alabasta, the Strawhats were at the epicentre of everything. They were the ones who took down Baroque Works and Crocodile, and supported Vivi all the way up to the Bomb, and basically prevented Alabasta from being torn apart. But despite all that, they were quite removed from the whole civil war, eg. Luffy, who wasn't really fighting for anything more than the fact Croc made Vivi cry. The SHs did what they did for Vivi, not for Alabasta. I mean, the whole thing could have just involved Vivi losing a lot of money to a crooked poker game in Rain Dinners, and if she was depressed enough about it, Luffy would have gone over to kick Croc's ass anyways (yes I oversimplified it, and no I didn't forget Kozha's father). But I hope you can see where I'm going with this.
Similarly, while everyone else was shocked by the attack on Enies Lobby, the the SHs, it was all about getting Robin back, political/social/whatever consequences be damned. And off late, we've been hearing about Dragon and his revolutionaries, and the balance of the three great powers, all of which seems to indicate powers are going to collapse and blah blah.
So, here's my question. How involved will the Strawhats get with all these events? It seems the further down the Grandline you get, the more you see are in touch with these various powers. Do you think the Strawhats will actively get involved with all these things, or will they just sail through it, not concerned? As of now, the answer seems to be 'no', but things can change, and I'm curious as to what people think.