5 Year Countdown

Jonathan McClendon
I was sitting at my kitchen table, enjoying a cup of coffee with my grandfather, when he suddenly said. "You know, there was a time when I believed that I would die long before the fall of civilization, but I am starting to think I may yet live to see it happen."

We had been discussing geopolitics and the global war when he made that comment. What he said struck a very deep chord in me that has yet to loosen it's grip. The silence that followed spoke volumes to me and made me realize just how dangerous things actually are in the world.

My grandfather lived through the Great Depression, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War and all the other conflicts that have emerged around the world and he never seemed too worried about it. He always believed good would triumph over the bad. His belief had never wavered, until now. The revelation that he no longer believed this made me understand, as clearly as ever, that he could be very right. His loss of faith is a direct result of what he reads and sees each and every day. The United States is under siege and not just by terrorists. Never before have I seen such clear hatred and outright sabotage of our policies than those actions of my own countrymen. The sustained disdain and irresponsible wanting of our failure is ever present in the mainstream media, certain political groups and even many of our spineless leaders in Washington. Our so called "Allies" in Europe only compound the problem even more as they see who can best the other in anti-American sentiment.  Do I need to go on about the U.N.? I didn't think so.

I can't help but note, ironically, how we are following in exactly the same path as the fall of Carthage and then Rome. We have become so powerful, so wealthy, so opinionated and so wantonly lazy that we are destroying ourselves from the inside. We are in a Global War, the result of which will be our complete destruction in all forms over time or a victory that will turn the tide of an aggressive and oppressive radical Islamic movement.

While many Americans, especially the majority of young people, could care less about global concerns, they just want to live the good life of excess, no responsibility, moral corruption, and the chic anti-authority/rebellion mentality. These youngsters are our future. Oh how I fear for the future, which brings me to the headline of my letter.

If we pull out of Iraq without a stable anti-terrorist government, let Iran have nukes and its regime remain in power, let radical Islam take hold, let Afghanistan fall, let N. Korea spread it's nuclear material, let China and Russia continue in their own pursuits of domination there WILL be a nuke or bio bomb going off somewhere in the West. I have set a timetable of within 5 years for this to happen. Unless we have victory we are only delaying the inevitable, and it is inevitable.

There is one only one more thing that scares me even more than all of this. The possibility that when a dirty/nuke/bio bomb does go off that the West will STILL be in denial and refuse to accept what is going on around them. What are the odds that even after a deadly attack in which hundreds of thousands of millions could die in one day that politicians and people will still cry out for "talk" and "appeasement" and "peace"?  If that does in fact take place, then yes, my Grandfather will be right and the fall of civilization will well be on it's way.
I was sitting at my kitchen table, enjoying a cup of coffee with my grandfather, when he suddenly said. "You know, there was a time when I believed that I would die long before the fall of civilization, but I am starting to think I may yet live to see it happen."

We had been discussing geopolitics and the global war when he made that comment. What he said struck a very deep chord in me that has yet to loosen it's grip. The silence that followed spoke volumes to me and made me realize just how dangerous things actually are in the world.

My grandfather lived through the Great Depression, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War and all the other conflicts that have emerged around the world and he never seemed too worried about it. He always believed good would triumph over the bad. His belief had never wavered, until now. The revelation that he no longer believed this made me understand, as clearly as ever, that he could be very right. His loss of faith is a direct result of what he reads and sees each and every day. The United States is under siege and not just by terrorists. Never before have I seen such clear hatred and outright sabotage of our policies than those actions of my own countrymen. The sustained disdain and irresponsible wanting of our failure is ever present in the mainstream media, certain political groups and even many of our spineless leaders in Washington. Our so called "Allies" in Europe only compound the problem even more as they see who can best the other in anti-American sentiment.  Do I need to go on about the U.N.? I didn't think so.

I can't help but note, ironically, how we are following in exactly the same path as the fall of Carthage and then Rome. We have become so powerful, so wealthy, so opinionated and so wantonly lazy that we are destroying ourselves from the inside. We are in a Global War, the result of which will be our complete destruction in all forms over time or a victory that will turn the tide of an aggressive and oppressive radical Islamic movement.

While many Americans, especially the majority of young people, could care less about global concerns, they just want to live the good life of excess, no responsibility, moral corruption, and the chic anti-authority/rebellion mentality. These youngsters are our future. Oh how I fear for the future, which brings me to the headline of my letter.

If we pull out of Iraq without a stable anti-terrorist government, let Iran have nukes and its regime remain in power, let radical Islam take hold, let Afghanistan fall, let N. Korea spread it's nuclear material, let China and Russia continue in their own pursuits of domination there WILL be a nuke or bio bomb going off somewhere in the West. I have set a timetable of within 5 years for this to happen. Unless we have victory we are only delaying the inevitable, and it is inevitable.

There is one only one more thing that scares me even more than all of this. The possibility that when a dirty/nuke/bio bomb does go off that the West will STILL be in denial and refuse to accept what is going on around them. What are the odds that even after a deadly attack in which hundreds of thousands of millions could die in one day that politicians and people will still cry out for "talk" and "appeasement" and "peace"?  If that does in fact take place, then yes, my Grandfather will be right and the fall of civilization will well be on it's way.