Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Non stop worrying

I have been having second or third thoughts about the inclusion of Cormac McCarthy's The Road in a short list of works of literature that speak to fears and imagining regarding climate change (see Climate, culture and imagination, part one, and its footnote number 23). Couldn't almost any dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel have a place on that list?

So I was comforted to read that I may not be any more short-sighted and paranoid-delusional than some of the brightest minds to have recently led the Dutch, French, German, U.K. and U.S military. They say pre-emptive strikes with nuclear weapons should be part of future NATO doctrine in "an increasingly brutal world", where climate change (and energy security, a contest for resources and potential "environmental" migration on a mass scale) is one of the three "key threats to Western way of life" (the other two being "dark side" of globalisation, and the weakening of the nation state and existing international institutions).

Vital bodily fluids, Mandrake!

P.S. "I believe nuclear weapons will be used in my children's lifetime" writes U.S. diplomat Bob Barry.

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