February 09, 2004

Pentagon Eschatology

One never knows what to believe about the links one finds at The Drudge Report, but the fact that this article appears in Fortune magazine forced me to take it seriously: The Pentagon's Weather Nightmare. Here's the 411: scientists are learning that past global warming episodes have pushed the earth's climate to a tipping point, at which massive climate change occurs very rapidly. The possible results: Europe's climate becomes more like Siberia...dustbowls all across the southern U.S....massive, unpredictable monsoons in China and east Asia...and all this within a decade. What are the possible geopolitical implications? That's what has the "jedi knights" at the Pentagon talking.

This is a three-page article. My advice is to read page two first, which reads like an eighties-vintage post-apocalyptic novel. I'd almost guarantee that you'll feel compelled to read the whole thing.

Can you hear the words of the prophet Joel echoing across the ages?
I will show signs in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord...I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judbment against them...Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for war! ... Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears ... Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near... But the Lord will be a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the people of Israel.
Nothing like a little dose of apocalypse with your coffee to start a new week, is there? =)

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