August 29, 2004


When I read the book Alas, Babylon two years ago, I could hardly put it down. It's the story of the aftermath of nuclear war and how the remaining people struggled to survive. I've been thinking a lot about it lately as I've been following Iran's nuclear progress over at LGF. The thing is, a series of articles showing Iran getting closer and closer seems to have little impact on anyone, but picture it as a narrative or a movie, and it starts to seem important. Picture ominous build-up music and scenes of putting the final touches on while the protagonist races to get there in time. That's what I fear we're facing, though the boring articles describing the scenario really play down the urgency. But Alas, Babylon is never far from my mind.

Posted by Sarah at August 29, 2004 07:46 AM

It's not just nuclear weapons per's also the tremendous efforts that Iran is making in the development and acquisition of missiles. To think of these weapons being in the hands of the people who hanged that girl (last week) is horrifying.

Posted by: David Foster at August 29, 2004 05:36 PM

I loved that book.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at August 30, 2004 04:05 AM