They Took the News Lightly

That might be said of us soon. Our real lives are good, gas prices are bearable despite the fact many would have you believe otherwise. The dominant themes in the news (aside from tabloid material like the JonBenet Ramsey killer that we seem to have found isn’t) are the war in Iraq and to an increasingly lesser extent how the cease-fire will play out in Lebanon; and now there is a bit of Katrina thrown in for good measure, which should last all of a week if that. None of these affect our daily lives.

So why should we care? We can form opinions about what we hear, but all in all we haven’t enough of a sense of exigency to act on them.

I fear if this continues to be the case, as is likely in America, we risk the consequences of not paying due attention to the real problems at hand. According to Stanley Kurtz of National Review, the happy time is almost over.

“American politics is about to undergo a sea change. Our lives are going to be transformed on a more personal level as well. Sometime between now and five-to-ten years from now we’re going to be forced to choose between preemptive war with Iran, and living in a post-proliferation world. War with Iran will probably mean casualties on American soil. Iran has likely placed terrorist agents in the United States, with instructions to retaliate against civilian targets in the event of war. We’ll also likely see attacks on Persian Gulf oil shipments, and therefore a huge spike in the price of gasoline, with major economic consequences.”

I urge you to read his piece entitled “Our Fallout Shelter Future.” I detest opinion writers who proclaim imminent doomsday; I think Kurtz is not. His piece is pragmatic and sensible.

And a little sinister. Read it.