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Old Demons, New Fears

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Ahsan Nisar
The New Blog

Disclaimer: What you are going to read in the next five minutes is not a work of fiction inspired by Dan Brown, although the title of the article suggests otherwise. In this article, I have tried to present how as a nation we have grown accustomed to conveniently digest the sugar coated pills offered by the concerned authorities who brush aside issues such as loopholes in system and mismanagement ‘under the carpet’ in the garb of “conspiracy theories”. Before moving any further, let’s first dissect this “conspiracy theory mindset”.

Conspiracy theorist mindset:

There’s must be something terribly wrong up in the air. First it was Air Blue crash in Margalla hills on 28th July 2010, report of which has recently been released and now Bhoja air crash. The other day, one of my friends told me that the recent Siachen incident occurred not because of some avalanche or snow storm, as is common knowledge, but it was due to a laser beam that was shot from a satellite by NASA. The first word that came to my mind was “Conspiracy theory”…!

In 1993, work on an ionosphere research program titled “HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) had begun in Alaska. A global geo-engineering project of this magnitude is the largest and most expensive endeavor ever undertaken in the history of mankind. It has dwarfed the construction of China’s great wall, the Egyptian Pyramids, and all of the other manmade wonders of the world combined. This geo-engineering program requires the cooperation of countless nations (many of whom are enemies), huge squadrons of specialized aircraft kept airborne 24/7/365, immense financial backing, and the combined resources of numerous corporations to supply the necessary facilities, equipment, chemicals, and the fuel required. It demands the collusion of most national governments, media, militaries, political systems, and multinational corporations. This level of cooperation is unprecedented. To top off this unlikely scenario, the entire worldwide geo-engineering program had to be kept top-secret, well below the threshold of public perception.

The whole concept sounds irrational. However, if one could stretch the imagination to include the possibility of global atmospheric modification being conducted on a global scale, then we must ask them two important questions. Why is this being done? And who is doing it? One of the reasons which they give as to why this is being done is to facilitate global population reduction to sustainable levels in accordance with the New World Order. As far as who is doing it is concerned, they believe this HAARP is being played by the same individuals and institutions that pioneered atmospheric geo-engineering.

This mindset reminds me of Sidney Sheldon’s novel “Are you afraid of the dark?” It was about a device called “Prima” that was initially created by an environmental think tank to address the problem of global warming but later on the world was held hostage through that device. That was just a novel in the year 2004, but since then, many disasters have occurred throughout the world. While it’s true that nations are vying for the Arctic treasures and colonization is creeping on the ocean floors, not every incident could be blamed on HAARP or laser beams.

Imagining the unimaginable

When most people think about climate change, they imagine gradual increases in temperature and only marginal changes in other climatic conditions, continuing indefinitely or even leveling off at some time in the future. The conventional wisdom is that modern civilization will either adapt to whatever weather conditions they face and that the pace of climate change will not overwhelm the adaptive capacity of society. Recent research suggests that once temperature rises above some threshold, adverse weather conditions could develop relatively abruptly. Since weather-related events have an enormous impact on society, as they influence food supply, conditions in cities and communities, as well as access to clean water and energy, such an abrupt climate change scenario could potentially de-stabilize the geo-political environment, leading to skirmishes, battles, and even wars due to resource constraints.

As global and local carrying capacities are reduced, tensions could mount around the world, leading to two fundamental strategies: defensive and offensive. Nations with the resources to do so may build virtual fortresses around their countries, preserving resources for themselves. Less fortunate nations especially those with ancient enmities with their neighbors, may initiate in struggles for access to food, clean water, or energy. Unlikely alliances could be formed as defense priorities shift and the goal is resources for survival rather than religion, ideology, or national honor.

One thing that I can be sure of is this: nature is giving us back what we’ve already sown in her womb as we have misused the natural resources to the limits.

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