Are we just stupid? Why would anyone consider either dissolving or burning serious chemical weapons at sea? I can hear all the reassurances – “But it’s not sarin … it’s just the ingredients to make sarin. They haven’t been put together yet!” or “Once they’ve been burned they are harmless – just some kind of chemical salts.” Okaaaa-a-ayyy…and then what? Dump the dissolved salts or ashes into the ocean? What if there’s an accident at sea? Where is the oversight to make sure there are no “accidents”?
Here is a serious sign of our unrealistic attitude, quoted from the New York Times. “The proposal (to destroy chemical weapons at sea)… focuses on a highly sophisticated mobile system, which is designed to convert chemical agents into compounds that cannot be used for military purposes by mixing them with water and other chemicals and then heating them…”
This statement assumes that military purposes have the top priority in our lives. It assumes that the criteria by which decisions are made is military criteria. What about life? What about protecting our assets – the oceans? What about common sense?
Aren’t we doing enough damage by dumping our garbage in the Atlantic Ocean every day? Hasn’t the disaster at Fukushima and the ongoing death process in the Pacific Ocean been enough of a tragedy?
Here is another interesting statement. “We are not without other alternatives…In fact, we are actively pursuing two other alternatives which provide us a complete capacity to do the destruction and to meet the schedule.”
I know that John Kerry was talking about chemical weapons when he said this, but the statement jumped off the page at me as a statement that represented the attitude of our entire governing structure. It says that we are all about destruction. We have several alternatives for it. We are focused on the capacity to destroy completely. We even have a schedule for it. But how can we survive if we are focused on destruction?
Perhaps Kerry’s words would not have had such an impact on me if I could see any signs of creative, peaceable, caring relationships being built between the U.S. and other countries. It’s still all about domination, abuse of power, and destruction.
Too bad, because there’s always a meaner, stronger bully that comes along. People who focus on maintaining whatever power they already have can never find the bandwidth to explore and develop anything new. Thus, they ended up outdated and overpowered.