Roger M. Kaye
Roger M. Kaye
A retired physicist reinvented as thriller novels writer

Only Another 7,800,000 years To Go

Extinction Rebellion take advantage of court ruling to bring central London streets to standstill (The Telegraph 23 August 2021)

It is sad, even frightening, seeing a once-great Great Britain being destroyed by a handful of ignorant “protestors”.

Extinction Rebellion is calling for the extinction of Britain, and the rest of the world, as they try to return us to the Stone Age. With scare tactics, based on stories of some imaginary, man-made climate change, they attract the young and foolish, out for a day’s entertainment. Who wouldn’t enjoy a day lying in the sun-filled streets of London?

I, myself, clearly remember joining a large demonstration in London’s Trafalgar Square back in the sixties. I have no idea what the demonstration was against, or possibly for, but there were lots of girls and someone was handing out free bottles of beer. And, unlike today, the police made sure that we did not interferes with the free flow of traffic.

After a brief pause to scan today’s headlines, I have just remembered why I was demonstrating. It was Ban the Bomb time, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Looking for CND’s achievements, there is only one – in 2017 CND, as part of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), won the Nobel Peace Prize. How walking away with around one million Dollars makes the world a safer place is not clear. But at least I played a part, however small, in this important enterprise.

The Campaign’s other achievement is not mentioned; so far, there has been no nuclear war. Of course, this may be down to MAD, Mutually Assured Destruction. The concept relies on deterring a nuclear attack by one superpower by the promise that it would be met by an overwhelming counterattack by the other, resulting in the annihilation of both parties. This idea was suggested by Wilkie Collins, a 19th century English author, more than 70 years before the US dropped the first atomic bomb and long before CND came along.

Of course, our time will come. According to the admittedly controversial Doomsday argument, we humans have already lived through half the duration of human history, with a 95% probability of being extinct in 7,800,000 years.

But today the equation ‘You kill me, I kill you’ is changing. Modern armies are equipped with small, tactical nukes. Big enough to make an impression in a local conflict but far too small to end the world. Ideal for use against the poorly equipped Taliban in war-torn Afghanistan; are we soon to see the first use of nuclear weapons since August 1945?

So let the Extinction Rebellion revellers enjoy their day in the sunshine. They will find out soon enough that there are real problems lying in wait for them. Problems that sitting in Trafalgar Square will not solve. Problems that will become clear as you continue to read my blogs!

About the Author
The author has been living in Rehovot since making Aliya in 1970. A retired physicist, he divides his time between writing adventure novels, getting his sometimes unorthodox views on the world into print, and working in his garden. An enthusiastic skier and world traveller, the author has visited many countries. His first novels "Snow Job - a Len Palmer Mystery" and "Not My Job – a Second Len Palmer Mystery" are published for Amazon Kindle. The author is currently working on the third Len Palmer Mystery - "Do Your Job".
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