January 29, 2021
With an endnote by Lasha Darkmoon,
‘Get Ready for World War IV’
Members of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board, Robert Rosner and Suzet McKinney, reveal the 2021 setting of the Doomsday Clock at 100 seconds to midnight. [Source: thebulletin.org]
Amidst a deadly global pandemic, rising threat of climate change, and nuclear war, The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (The Bulletin) has set its 2021 clock at 100 seconds to midnight, the closest it has ever been to Armaggedon.
In a press conference on Wednesday, January 27th, Rachel Bronson, the director of The Bulletin, stated that “we are now at the two-minute warning due to the man-made threats of climate change and nuclear war.”
According to Bronson (pictured) , what is especially disturbing about our current moment is the “undermining of science and law-based approaches to solving major world problems and discarding of international agreements by influential leaders.”
“The early denial of the Coronavirus pandemic threat and vilifying of prominent scientists,” Bronson said, “epitomizes a dangerous erosion of science” that is leading us closer to disaster. “The falling dominoes have been made possible by years of denigrating scientists and promotion of conspiracy theories.”
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists consist of a collection of leading scientists concerned about the misapplication of technology in society.
The Doomsday Clock was first set up in 1947 as a metaphor for threats to humanity from unchecked scientific and technical advances.
Midnight is the hypothetical global catastrophe that will result from the deployment of nuclear weapons or destruction of the environment if climate change progresses.
The Clock’s original setting in 1947 was seven minutes to midnight.
It has been set backward and forward 24 times since then, with the largest-ever number of minutes to midnight being 17, set in 1991.
The reason for the backslide is in part due to the growing Cold War rivalry between the U.S., China, and Russia, which has led to the dismantling of nuclear arms control agreements like the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Range Treaty (INF) in 2019 and heightened threat of nuclear winter.
Dr. Steve Fetter, a Science and Security Board member of The Bulletin and Dean of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, stated at the press conference that:
“the risk of nuclear war has become unacceptably high.
The U.S. has embarked on a trillion-dollar nuclear modernization program, and Russia is also modernizing its nuclear arsenal in response to the U.S. deployment of ballistic missiles; and so is China.
The outbreak of conventional war among these powers could very well lead to nuclear war.”
Former California Governor Jerry Brown (pictured) , the executive editor of The Bulletin, echoed Fetter in denouncing the new nuclear arms race. Brown told those at the press conference that “the U.S. and Russia, the world’s two top nuclear powers, must stop shouting at each other. It is time now to eliminate nuclear weapons, not build more, and [also] to get serious about fighting climate change.”
Brown noted that he had been around politicians for many years and found that most politicians that he worked with understood the issues pretty well but were reluctant to tell the American people the real dangers that they faced.
Brown also criticized the mainstream media for fixating on Russia’s misdeeds [real or imagined] which he said are “infinitesimal compared to the potential for a nuclear holocaust.”
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the former President of Liberia and chair of the World Health Organization (WHO) Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response, expressed some optimism at the press conference with a new administration in Washington which “respects science and multilateral cooperation.”
Sirleaf (pictured) pointed to Biden’s support for (1) the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) with Russia, (2) the Paris climate change accords, and (3) the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran as encouraging, and conveyed hope that a new spirit and determination was beginning to take hold—a process that could “lead people to fight over the coming years to build a better world.”
Sourced from CovertAction Magazine
Get Ready for World War IV
by Lasha Darkmoon
I sometimes wonder if articles like the above make the slightest difference in the bid to relax world tensions and set the Doomsday Clock back to where it might have been, say, a hundred years ago.
One can’t help feeling that any nation that agreed to go easy on its nuclear weaponry development could easily find itself reduced to a parking lot by a competitor nation that had promised to be equally well-behaved but secretly went on to cheat on the deal.
Who would be foolish enough to trust Israel, for example, if Israel announced tomorrow: “We promise to destroy all our nukes and stop building new ones. A Jew’s word is his bond. Trust us, we never lie!”
It must have been nice living in the Middle Ages when the only threat to “world peace”—apart from plagues and famine—came from bows and arrows.
There was no Big Pharma around peddling its prescriptions pills. Just quack doctors. No deadly vaccines around either. Just the bubonic plague, which destroyed one-third of Europe, thanks to Chinese rats getting out of control. No police either, beating the hell out of model citizens. Hence no police state.
No Doomsday Clock, given that clocks had not yet been invented—and people had to guess the time by consulting shadows.
I guess the Doomsday Clock, if it had been around in those halcyon days when most people were lucky enough to die young, would have gone up significantly in the 9th century, thanks to the invention of gunpowder by the Chinese.
It took several centuries before gunpowder spread throughout Eurasia by the end of the 13th century. But its lethality was limited and crude. Guns as we know them were totally unknown in Europe until the tail-end of the Middle Ages in the 15th century, the most lethal weapon available before that being the cross-bow.
Gun control was unheard of until the late 20th century, its only object being to stop the common people defending themselves against their elite masters under a totalitarian police state.
My first boyfriend impressed me very much as a teenager when he came out with this famous quote from Albert Einstein: “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
Here is progress for you . . . from our remote ancestors to now: