Sunday, September 04, 2005
A New Two-Front War?
Now that Hurricane Katrina has probably killed thousands of Americans and threatened our oil supply, I suppose that we can expect the Bush administration to formally declare the War on Mother Nature. This unprecedented attack--for which there was, as in some other cases, some precedent and plenty of warning--should simplify things considerably for the administration. Assaults on the environment need no longer be justified. Right-thinking citizens will, in fact, demand that the government take action to subdue this newly-revealed enemy. There are precedents now, and we need to show that, once again, these colors don't run--even when very, very soggy. That a "War on Nature" (or shall we call it something like a "a global struggle against violent inclemency" from the outset?) isn't likely to reduce such destructive acts of nature, and might in fact increase them, shouldn't deter us. Right? As I said, there are precedents. . .