I remember where I was on 9/11, just as people know where they were when JFK was shot orÂ when Pearl Harbor was attacked. In fact, now that I see what I’ve written, I see the generational element. My grandparents lived in the generation of Pearl Harbor. My parents lived in the time of JFK.Â My generationÂ lived through 9/11.
There will always be overlap, but it is a truism that each generation has its own moment of awfulness. You can read all aboutÂ our latest moment in an article that I wrote last year: The Day the World Changed.
What bothers me now is that the generation of our kids* is rushing headlong into a moment in time that will forever eclipse WWII, JFK, and 9/11. In fact, we are rapidly approaching a day that will make ALL ofÂ the most awful moments in history as nothing.
When the world was ushered into the nuclear age, we and our enemies ran right into our limits. We found that there was one line that we couldn’t cross. We found that there was one place that we couldn’t go.Â When they were developed, nuclear weaponsÂ became the one weapon system that (aside from Hiroshima and Nagasaki) could never be used. This isn’t to say that we haven’t come close to using them, but we always pulled back from the brink because we knew that these weapons made no sense.
That senselessness has lulled us into a false sense of security. We are tootling along, as free as can be,Â while an enemy is developing weapons that they ARE going to use. We have traded enemies and now face one that recognizes no boundaries when promoting their vision and their god. I’ve been face-to-face with such people, and they are deadly serious.
Oh, you know this already?
So, why hasn’t anything been done?
Oh, right. We have time. It’s early days. It will be years before Iran has enough weapons grade Uranium and Plutonium. We can always nuke them whenever we want. I’ve heard all that.
I’ve sat in on the bull sessions where armchair generals confidently predict the demise of that squatty little dictator Hitl-, I mean Ahmadinejad.
It’s all hot air. When Hitler rose to power, we fought him with that hot air and tens of millions died.
Well, we have our own generation’s version of Hitler, and this HitlerÂ wants to use these nuclear weapons in the same way that the oldÂ Hitler wanted to kill the Jews. Ahmadinejad and his coterie of mullahs have a consuming madness that is desperate to use the cleansing fire of nuclear holocaust to clear the world of the infidel. But, because we cannot get our minds aroundÂ this virulent insanity, we will notÂ head off conflagration.Â
We couldn’tÂ get our minds around theÂ kind of insanity that inspired Hitler. We couldn’t get our minds around the insanity thatÂ inspired theÂ terrorist attacks on the World TradeÂ Center and the Pentagon. What makes us think that we are going to get our minds aroundÂ THIS batch of insanity.Â
Well, I can tell that we haven’t gotten our minds around the insanity, which means that we are totally unprepared for what is coming.
And what is coming will forever eclipse 9/11 in our minds. Â
*I don’t have any kids, and I’m not married – but, you know what I mean.