the board members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists who oversee
the "Doomsday Clock" pushed us two minutes closer to midnight.
According to the Bulletin which includes notables like Professor Stephen
Hawking and some 18 Nobel prize winners the reasons behind the panel's
decision are plentiful. They cited the recent nuclear test by North
Korea and pursuit of nuclear weapon technology by Iran and extremist
groups as part of their reasoning. They also noted the lack of security
for nuclear materials in Russia, civilian power plants and university
research reactors which could be focused on with ease by terrorist organizations.
Also contributing is the continued development of nuclear weapons by
countries who have yet to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
These countries include the United States, China, India, Pakistan, North
Korea and Israel. And according to the panel, "Global warming poses
a dire threat to human civilization that is second only to nuclear weapons."
With their conclusion we now stand at 5 minutes to the brink of annihilation.
isn't that where we always are? Hasn't every culture in time faced the
possibility that their end was near; that it could be their armageddon;
their end times? Isn't that just human nature to think that we, presently,
will be the end all?
course, but that doesn't change the responsibility we have to safeguard
the future for new generations.
is a more recent sickening era of selfishness that has gripped us and
taken us away from truly protecting the possibility of many generations
to come. We have indeed lost our way as stewards of what we have been
given and what we are to leave. A "if I can't have it, neither
can you" mentality has ebbed in as a way to ultimately beat
out the Joneses, and in the end we are left with nothing except relatives
arguing over who gets what and how much after the state has taken its
how do we protect the future? We (that's all of us you pacifists and
Democrats who want ignore it) acknowledge the fact that there are a
lot of people in this world that want to blow us up! They want to see
us wiped off the map. They are NOT misunderstood or confused and their
feigns at diplomacy are a ruse. These people actually want to do us
harm ... again. Have you already forgotten? Perhaps your peace-pipe
is filled with a bit too much loco-weed and it is effecting your memory.
don't care what we are told, our troops are NOT engaged in war to free
Iraq, or to gain oil reserves, or even to expand our sphere of influence.
Logic, people ... We are there because it is the only kind of war we
know how to wage. After 911 we sought to wage a global war on terror.
Unfortunately our military leadership is not versed in terrorism, but
rather warfare, and with the quick tumbling of Afganistan we found ourselves
needing a new geographic location in which to fight this war ... and
guess what, it's been working. Our military are our first shield from
attack. Our enemy, the terrorists, are currently much more focused on
our military assets than our public ones. Once we lose this shield the
terrorist will strike here on our soil.
is these same terrorists who are trying to acquire biological, chemical
and nuclear material for weapons, and it is imperative that we stop
them by any means necessary. We have to stand tall and swiftly smite
down those who rise up to kill us. Does that sound harsh? Well, look
that note, I don't care if global warming exists or not and I don't
wish to debate its science one way or the other. To me it is much more
simple than anyone makes it out to be. I was taught that garbage belongs
in a TRASH CAN, not in our rivers, forests, neighborhoods, skies or
anywhere else selfish, careless beings choose to throw their refuse.
The simple fact is that we are indeed polluting our world. Just take
a look around your neighborhoods people! Check out the signs at the
beaches around the country that say "closed" because there
are so many pollutants it isn't safe to swim. For heaven's sake, just
look at the skies of Los Angeles that are a greenish grey! So all you
global-warming-naysayers let me ask you this ... Could we take better
care of our world just for the sake of doing it? Or how about inventing
new sources of energy because we have a spirit for advancement? Or maybe
we could plant a freakin' tree when we cut one down so our kids have
one to look at, too! It doesn't have to be BECAUSE of "global warming."
To continue littering our world is just plain laziness and shows an
absolute disregard for anytime other than the now and anyone other than
for the 5 minutes we have left until midnight, I'd rather concentrate
on doing, and not focus on the reasons why. Maybe that way we will wake
up on the dawn of a new day. Now, that just might put us on the brink
of something wonderful!
the Author: Ron Lee has been a freelance and published writer since
1985. He attended Richmond University in London where he focused on
theatre arts, and the University of Nevada Reno where he dual majored
in criminal justice and psychology. He currently spends his time helping
the US~Observer's clients with his no nonsense investigative reporting
style. Ron may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Favorite quote, "The truth shall make you free." --John VIII. 32