The “Doomsday Clock” has been around since 1947, and it is rapidly moving toward 12:00 Midnight as temperaments and patience seem to be razor-thin throughout the world. In January of this year, The “Doomsday Clock” was moved-up two minutes to reflect the concern in regard global terrorism - and the recent news from NATO and Russia hadn’t even been taken into consideration yet:
Doomsday Clock set forward by two minutes
Updated Thu. Jan. 18 2007 8:01 AM ET
CTV.ca News Staff
According to a group of elite nuclear scientists, the world has moved closer to Armageddon.
The scientists have moved the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock closer to midnight to reflect the growing concerns of global terrorism, the unchecked nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea and — in a first — the threat of climate change.
The clock was first set 60 years ago by an elite group of nuclear scientists at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, shortly after the United States dropped its atomic bombs on Japan. It was meant to symbolize the perils facing humanity from nuclear weapons.
But for the first time, the clock is also registering the threat of global warming, which they call a “second nuclear age.” MORE
On January 22, 2008, this story came-out in regard NATO’s belief that they should be allowed the capability to use nuclear weapons in preemptive strikes:
Pre-emptive nuclear strike a key option, Nato told
Ian Traynor in Brussels
Tuesday January 22, 2008
The west must be ready to resort to a pre-emptive nuclear attack to try to halt the “imminent” spread of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, according to a radical manifesto for a new Nato by five of the west’s most senior military officers and strategists.
Calling for root-and-branch reform of Nato and a new pact drawing the US, Nato and the European Union together in a “grand strategy” to tackle the challenges of an increasingly brutal world, the former armed forces chiefs from the US, Britain, Germany, France and the Netherlands insist that a “first strike” nuclear option remains an “indispensable instrument” since there is “simply no realistic prospect of a nuclear-free world”.
The manifesto has been written following discussions with active commanders and policymakers, many of whom are unable or unwilling to publicly air their views. It has been presented to the Pentagon in Washington and to Nato’s secretary general, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, over the past 10 days. The proposals are likely to be discussed at a Nato summit in Bucharest in April. MUCH MORE
Followed closely by that announcement came this one from Russia - one that has to be taken seriously, perhaps even more so than the rumblings from NATO:
Russia Issues Pre-Emptive Nuclear Threat