Unfortunately as the world’s population continues to expand in poor parts of the world, technology grows exponentially beyond the plodding ways of democratic systems of government to keep pace and global warming adds its heat and weather mayhem, nations are pressured to fragment and violence escalate.

It would seem that humanity has but two bad choices: die slowly by millions of acts of domestic and international terrorism or just get it over with instantly via an all out nuclear exchange. These, alas, are the only negative offsets available to humankind’s enormous creativity of the last several hundred years.

And since probability balance is the inescapable law of the universe, humanity is helpless to head off this coming train-wreck — oh, happy day.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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