Christmas is a time of celebration for christians all over the world. A time for peace and reflection of where we are in our lives. It is also a time for giving, and receiving and sharing in joy and happiness, and for a while, whilst we draw our loved ones ever closer, we could be forgiven for thinking everything is alright with the world. Many will attend church services over this festive period to give worship to the founder of this festival, Jesus Christ, and thank and praise him for the sacrifices he made in his effort to rid the world of it's ills and to try and honour each man, woman and child and turn away from crime and debauchery. At this most holy of times we must ask, "Is Jesus Christ still relevant today" or is he now viewed as a failed martyr.
The events of the last week regarding the death of the North korean despot Kim Jong-il could prove a turning point in world affairs. Many political observers have singled out his son and heir as a potential loose cannon with an attitude which could be viewed as trigger happy in an effort to prove himself to the military, this has potentially devastating consequences for their neighbours South Korea, who have previously been subject to missile strikes and could be again, this action would have a destabilising effect on the whole region and would alert the higher superpowers. What this could also lead to is continuing shows of strength in order to be seen as a new power on the world stage, it is this which has brought about tensions. US president Barack Obama has pledged to defend regional allies Japan and South Korea, this kind of "squaring up" heightens the already fragile relationship the US and North Korea have. However, it is also felt that Kim Jong-un is too inexperienced to take on such an important role and could be overthrown in a doomsday power struggle. Whatever the outcome, the wider world will be watching as events unfold.
After World War II, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) was formed as a hedge against the advance of communistic Warsaw powers led by the USSR. When Mikhail Gorbachev became the leader of the Soviet Union, he allowed the fall of the Berlin wall, and ultimately of the Iron Curtain. World leaders declared the cold war was over, and proclaimed the birth of a "New World Order". When Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990, President Bush Snr put together a UN coalition of 29 nations to fight against Saddam. It was at this time that Bush Snr made his famous statement, that we really do have a chance at the birth of a "New World Order". He described the Gulf war thus, "This is not the people of Iraq against the United States, this is Saddam against the world.
After the Berlin wall fell in 1989, we began hearing terms like, "World Community" and "International Community", it was thought that a global crisis would have to occur before the world would be willing to accept a "New World Order". When the World's economy began a dramatic downward plunge in 2008, the world leaders again proclaimed the need for a "New World Order" with global economic structures.
Where are we now, we are on the precipice, looking into the abyss, financially, politically, religiously. The population of the world are edgy, they have lost faith in those that govern. Too many broken promises. I commented on the riots that occured here in the UK this summer, and labled them as an unorganised mob with no purpose or direction and without a goal, was I right...? or was it the actions of the many, uprising against constraint and oppression or even depression. What do we need, Globalisation...? a process of transition into a global Government, one which executes laws as one across the globe, is that the answer, and could that be a real "New World Order".
NB : this is Mr Darwin, Timed out whilst composing.