Maybe it’s because I’m tired, but is it starting to seem to anyone else like the world is completely losing its shit?
Let’s review, shall we? North Korean missiles in the Sea of Japan. Train bombs in Mumbai. Sectarian rampages in Iraq. Air strikes in Gaza.
And, as of tonight, Israeli troops in Lebanon.
Maybe it’s because I’m tired, but I keep thinking about the way history works. Tensions build, alliances form, diplomats shuttle back and forth. It’s the daily grind of global politics, the constant, droning hum that we learn to ignore. Just business as usual, we assume, and we’re usually right.
But then, someone hauls off and shoots the Archduke, and the hum is transmuted into gasoline.
I am remembering that World War One was essentially a war of mismanagement, fought by inept political actors who were suddenly overwhelmed by forces they did not fully understand. If this is the hum before war, then it's that kind of hum.
Already, CNN has a graphic: "On the brink." Not good.