Sunday, January 14, 2007

Doomsday Clock moves forward

For the first time since 2002, the Doomsday Clock will move forward. The clock was advanced in 2002 from 9 to 7 minutes to midnight as a result of 9/11, anthrax scares, nuclear proliferation and a US foreign policy that favoured unilateralism over diplomacy. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which oversees the clock, said it would be moved forward again this Wednesday:

"It said emerging and "grave" threats include nuclear ambitions in Iran and North Korea, unsecured nuclear materials in Russia and elsewhere, the continuing launch-ready status of 2,000 of the 25,000 nuclear weapons held by the U.S. and Russia, escalating terrorism and new pressure from climate change for expanded civilian nuclear power that could increase proliferation risks." ...
"It has been set at less than seven minutes to midnight only five times. The most alarming -- two minutes to midnight -- was in 1953, shortly after the U.S. and the former Soviet Union successfully tested hydrogen bombs."

Only 5 times, now 6 times. There's your legacy, Georgie. Boo-ya.