N. Korea Reports 1st Nuclear Arms Test
North Korea became the eighth country in history, and
arguably the most unstable and most dangerous, to join the
club of nuclear weapons states.



Bush’s immediate “crusade” response to 9/11 was presumably spontaneous, but one hears that the misbegotten “axis of evil” line (Iraq, Iran, and North Korea) was simply inserted into a Bush speech by his then speech writer.  Such trivia have in the past determined the course of history — a marriage, an insult, whatever.  Now it looks as though this Bush administration gem may have launched a new wave of nuclear confrontation points — the Middle East (if not Iran, then Pakistan when Musharraf is expelled?), Japan vs North Korea?  Which way, I wonder, do the prevailing winds blow and will such an eruption exterminate most of us living in the Northern hemisphere?  I recall an acquaintance back in the early years of the Cold War having been called in to calculate the spread of radiation from a single bomb landed on Washington State — with prevailing winds it would have swept southeastward over 1/3 of the nation — within range of North Korea?

Well done, Mr. Bush.  One nuclear standoff having been untangled, it looks as if you have launched a brand new round with only a bit more than one term in office as president.  Unfortunately you have made us Americans most distrusted so that we cannot expect to play much in the way of peace-making now after the messes you have created.

Is this the way the world (of humans) will end.  I think I heard from one of my former colleagues that the typical species has a life expectancy of about 2 million years and maybe we are now aproaching our limit?  I would not call it Armageddon, but it may allow a new species to become dominant on earth — perhaps of an insect origin!  Roaches arise!  Your time is coming?

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent  718-951-5324 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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