I start Impromptus today with a theme I have sounded before: the immense, world concern for global warming versus the concern over a nuclear Iran, and what some call “Islamofascism” more generally. Tehran just test-fired a new missile, which is capable not only of hitting Israel — natch — but of hitting Europe. The leaders in Copenhagen, waxing apocalyptic about global warming, were forced to take a little timeout to talk about Iran. Then they returned to Topic A, the obsession over climate.
Obviously, the world — “the world,” I should say — can address more than one concern at the same time (and must). But priorities come into play as well. A reader sent me a quotation from Dennis Prager, which I’d like to share with you: “One day, our grandchildren may ask us what we did when Islamic fascism threatened the free world. Some of us will say we were preoccupied with fighting that threat wherever possible; others will be able to say they fought carbon dioxide emissions. One of us will look bad.”
That sums up neatly.
There are fun items in Impromptus, I’m happy to say — but we have to have a little nuclear alarm mixed in with the fun, especially with the mullahs test-firing their backsides off.