"To the last ones remaining, please rewind the clock."
|The Doomsday Clock|
The time is now three minutes to twelve.
The two main reasons why the Doomsday Clock is ticking unhappily towards midnight are (i) the threat of a nuclear war between the super powers and (ii) the threat to the planet posed by global warming or climate change (use whichever title you prefer).
The reasons for these reasons include the simple reason that those in positions of political power are all too often failing in their duty to the rest of us. We need not look very far for evidence of this. Witness for example the political fiasco that is known today as GREXIT. Or witness the political blundering that has led to a world with more than 60 million refugees and asylum seekers. Or witness the political chicanery that has led to the dangerous war games on the borders of Europe and Russia.
The other day the Russians used a Soviet era rocket to launch three astronauts or cosmonauts (again use whichever title you prefer) safely on their way to the International Space Station. This stone age rocket was used because in a test launch a new high-tech US rocket, which was of the type to be used for transporting men and materials in future, went out of control and the order was given to shoot it down.
One time, as I now recall, there was some research published which proved that in the event of a nuclear conflagration a significant percentage of the inter-continental rockets carrying multiple nuclear warheads would not only fail to reach their targets but like the example above they would go out of control, sometimes due to magnetic interference generated by other rockets being launched or exploding nearby and land on the country which had launched them killing their own population. This is known as collateral damage.
On a regular basis one hears of rockets failing to reach orbit and falling back to earth, or exploding on the launch pad, often with cutting-edge technology payloads which have cost hundreds of millions in money and astronomical numbers of man hours being destroyed in a flash. In the theatre of nuclear holocaust there will be no time for a second chance.
So long as our politicians continue to act like self glorifying film stars the doomsday clock will continue to tick the 180 remaining seconds to oblivion.