Today (I’m referring to UTC) is the last day of the first decade of the third Millenium Anno Domini and I suppose something ought to be said about it.
Well, it’s quite difficult to sum-up ten years in a blog post so I shall focus on two of the major things that I think this decade will be remembered for. Unlike the ’60s it certainly won’t be the music or the fashion…
I recall reading somewhere many years ago that decades take a while to get going. This one started on the 11th of September 2001. Since then the West and especially the Anglosphere has been embroiled in a seemingly endless war against Islamists. Of course that really goes back much further but 9/11 is a particularly poignant index point for the start of the latest round of fisticuffs. I say seemingly endless because the whole “War on Terror” was from the very start ill conceived. I thought just post 9/11 that the boom would be lowered and the balloon would go up and that the West would unite and, in short, it would be clobberin’ time for the brutal, bigoted, dark-age cult of an illiterate satryomaniacal Arabian warlord. Was it Blair or Bush who made that “Religion of Peace” speech? I don’t recall who it was but it set the tone of what was to follow.
Oh, don’t get me wrong. I’m not talking, “Let’s nuke Mecca!” (though in my darker moments…) but rather a reversal of the insane racism of, “It’s their culture innit” to an acknowledgement that our post-enlightenment standards are objectively superior to the standards of orthodox Islam. But no… Blair and Bush didn’t go for the jugular. They didn’t because they both suffer from the malady of having religion. Well, it didn’t happen so we are now stuck with a war against a tactic rather than against an ideology.
The War on Terror is a defining part of the noughties and in some obscure way it’s lack of engagement with the real issue is echoed in the rise in the West of the culture of the faux-meek or Green as it’s otherwise known. Green is quite simply horrible. It is anti-scientific, it is anti-human and it has seized upon some utterly misguided sense of guilt within the developed world over our level of development. “We have too much!” is the cry. No we don’t! It’s not about sharing the pie through farces like Copenhagen but making the pie even bigger so everyone can join the party. Green will kill more people than Stalin and Mao combined yet it is seen as “ethical” by the sort of middle-class twats you hear on BBC Radio 4 espousing things like farming in a totally half-assed manner as being morally superior. The extent to which Green has dug-in as self-evidently true in the minds of many is at least as terrifying a development as the incoherent response to the threat posed by Islamists.
I have of course failed to mention credit-bubbles and the relentless erosion of our liberties under this awful government. I have also failed to mention scientific and technological progress – I started this decade not knowing what a blog is (did anyone?) and am ending it with a post! I guess the economics are best left to wiser heads than mine in that field and I hope our civilization’s progress in the sciences is self-evident for all to twitter about.
Anyway, that about wraps it up for the noughties. Roll on whatever mixture of thrills, spills and violent stomach cramps 2010 has to offer and to all of our readers I wish you health and good fortune for the coming year.
PS It goes without saying that the feline enumerators shall have even sharper claws and twitchier whiskers for whatever absurdities the new year has to throw at us. See y’all in 2010!