International Journal of Inactivism — Mindless Link Propagation section

  • 05:00:34 am on February 15, 2009 | 0

    Richard Harris Smith is composing a requiem for the idea of “National Security”. [cache: p. 1, 2]

    Let’s recap the prospective perils: Terrorism. Depression. Climate Change. Nuclear Proliferation. Bio-Warfare. Pandemics.

    Any or all of these could damage our National Security, adversely affecting the lives of every American citizen. Or Chinese citizens. Or French, Argentinian and South African citizens. That’s because these dangers are not only national, but global in scope. […]

    Today, through enhanced transportation and communication, through mass immigration and economic consolidation and specialization, it’s increasingly clear that no nation is an island, that the last Republican election theme of “America First” […] has become an anachronism […] because all of the greatest threats to human beings everywhere on terra firma in this century have become multi-national.

    This realization of “Global Security” will come very slowly to many insular Americans who will find it at least distasteful. To some it will seem heretical, even, to the most rabid, treasonous. The constricted notion of National Security has been with us too long. […] It still has broad appeal and few American politicians will have the guts to sound its death-knell and acknowledge for whom that damned annoying bell tolls.

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