You really have got to worry when the U.S. Secretary of Defense declares a major security threat that isn’t real. History shows that such declarations are often followed by the suspension of civil law to make way for martial law, rationing and curfews.
Casus belli refers to offenses or threats directly against a nation. It can be grounds for suspending elections and democracy until the crisis subsides and stability gets re-established.
Secretary Panetta has an imaginary enemy: developed human society.
Why is Panetta declaring Casus belli? According to Wikipedia’s definition:
Countries need a public justification for attacking another country. This justification is needed to galvanize internal support for the war, as well as gain the support of potential allies.
In the post World War Two era, the UN Charter prohibits signatory countries from engaging in war except 1) as a means of defending themselves against aggression, or 2) unless the UN as a body has given prior approval to the operation. The UN also reserves the right to ask member nations to intervene against non-signatory countries which embark on wars of aggression. In effect, this means that countries in the modern era must have a plausible casus belli for initiating military action, or risk UN sanctions or intervention.”
Human climate change is a national security threat says Secretary Panetta.
He apparently sees a climate Pearl Harbor and probably already has his generals in a war room making plans to seize control of the nation’s vast resources and direct them against the imagined enemy, which this time is domestic and is anyone who emits GHG without a permit or an offset. Martial law in this case would hardly be temporary – as the climate crisis is a long-term affair that will take decades and generations to fix, so we are told. That’s a long time to be under a state of emergency.
Yes, there’s a lot in it for the Secretary of Defense, and it is surely very tempting. Panetta is probably just itching by now to round up people deemed a threat (skeptics) and holding them in camps, like the US did with Japanese-Americans after the Pearl Harbor attack.
Panetta, the number one military man, is treading dangerous territory and anyone concerned about preserving democracy and the rule of law has got to be seriously worried by his paranoid view. It’s one thing to be concerned about climate change, but quite another to view it as casus belli. It’s time to question his psychological stability. When military leaders start fantasizing major threats and insist we mobilize to ward them off, it’s scary.
Clearly climate change is not the real threat to national security. The real threat are leaders who fantasize and have delusions of threats that aren’t real, and who react by publicly declaring a phony national emergency.
Folks, in most places it’s May, sunny, getting warm and the birds are singing and the flowers are blooming. People are outside enjoying themselves, sunbathing. Panetta, on the other hand, is obviously in a climate war room and thinks the sky is falling and the planet is imploding.
Congress needs to look into this.