Well it’s happened, despite all the protest, machination,and maneuvering North Korea has apparently detonated a small “Nukelear” weapon somewhere deep underground 250 miles from the North Korean capital Pyong Gang. Ever get the feeling we’re going in the wrong direction?
The situation is serious. No one should think that this is going to go away anytime soon. This situation has the potential to create a state of instability in the region. Japan’s hardliners will likely want their nation to take appropriate measures, meaning that Japan itself go “Nukelear”! Ditto for South Korea, whose own hardliners know all too well that South Korea is really just a little guy at this point in between all these nations that have at one time or other victimized her i.e Japan, China, and China’s proxy North Korea. Please Please tell the truth, North Korea is China’s own pitbull, and I for one do not buy into this make believe about China being “afraid and scared and shaken to the knees over Kim Jong Il’s ‘Nukelear’ ambitions”. If China didn’t want N.Korea to have a bomb, IT WOULDN’T HAVE ONE! Which is scary in itself.
So what does this mean for Global Warming? Well it means that the one tool, the one easy and quick substitute for fossil fuels, that is “Nukelear” fuel will once again go on the undesirable list. Who is going to want a developing nation to use “Nukelear” power now? How can this be managed at all? I am not a physicist but I dont really believe that there is anything like a safe “Nukelear” reactor. All reactors will have the tendency to produce highly unstable by-products that could concievably be used for a “Nukelear” bomb of one kind or other. Or if not that, then a so-called “dirty” bomb, which is a conventional bomb rigged with “Nukelear” waste. This in effect makes the situation ever more difficult to streamline the use of “Nukelear” energy as a significant substitute for coal or oil.
The implication for Iran is also quite obvious I think, and anyone following the story will likely be alarmed at the upcoming political storm that will involve Iran’s ambitions,be they good or ill. (Oil folks should be on the upside in the comming months. I don’t trade but at 59 dollars a barrel oil may be a good investment.) I cannot believe that the Bush administration will let the Iranian situation go without enormous protestations, and behests upon the United Nations to reel in Iran’s “Nukelear” ambitions. This could even lead to an obvious military escalation. Does the Bush administration need a better reason than this to take action against Iran? In effect North Korea’s seeming success at obtaining a “Nukelear” weapon will result in increasing pressures against Iran.
Is this a swap between China’s interest in North Korea, and the United States interest in Iran? I dont know, but yes I admit that I am somewhat suspicious. North Korea is China’s small child and anyone who says it isn’t does not know the history I think. China knows swaps I think, and yes this seems to me like a possible play. Rest assured China knows how to play poltical chess on a par with anyone. A nation with 1.2 billion people of the caliber which China boasts can easily match any super-computer simulations.
In the end, no matter what the reality behind the machinations may be, the result is that “we” the people of earth have lost today. We are going in the wrong direction. No matter what happens with Iran(and yes it could be quite as bad as Iraq) the truth is that the “Nukelear” weapon has once again raised the limitations of our people. Where we might have been able to use “Nukelear” power for it’s beneficial effects, we now will have to proceed with trepidation once again, and once again the good will be overshadowed by the potential for evil. I wonder does nature think of us as a “North Korean” or as an “American” or as “Communist” or “Capitalist”? Or are these artificial distinctions meaningless to nature? In the end I believe that we are not animals after all. We are not like Wolves or Lions or Tigers. Our differences, our territorial nature is less important than our ability to organize. The “Human Hive” seems more and more dependent on ultimate order than on any difference. Our ability to live as one global community is directly proportional to our ability as a species to organize and order our society; our success or failure to do this, may be all that is important to nature in the end.