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2 for the price of 1

Posted in Europe with tags , , , on November 24, 2009 by Black Pumpkin

Two articles struck me today.  And since today is Tuesday, they both come from Europe.

An Associated Press piece about the “challenge in Copenhagen” is striking because the world must come together to meet the challenge of climate change.  And I frankly don’t know if they are up to it.  I try to remain optimistic, but we are talking about all of the countries in the world.  Sure it would be nice if the world’s largest producers of greenhouse gases (China, the US, and the European Union) would just take it upon themselves to do what needs to be done.  But that certainly doesn’t look likely.  So a legally binding agreement needs to be put in place, and that is what the meetings in Copenhagen will all be about.  Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that an agreement will be reached.  And if no agreement is reached then it seems that lip service will continue to be paid and nothing else will happen.  Let’s hope that Obama is as good at convincing the world that an agreement on climate change is as important as health care in the US.  OK, let’s hope he’s a lot better at convincing world leaders.  Actually, I just hope he doesn’t derail the whole damn thing.

And because today is Two for Tuesday, here is another one; this one from Britain.

An inquiry into the how Britain got into Iraq has just begun in the UK.  I think this is an extremely important exercise.  I have no idea whether this will just be a lot of hot air or if there will be some substance behind it, but I think it is important nonetheless.  And something else I keeping thinking about… this would never happen in the US.

We have no time or patience for introspection or soul searching.  Things happened.  Period.  Don’t think about it.  Move on.  There is no need to dwell on the past.  That’s why they call it the past.  It’s gone.  Let it go in peace.  We don’t need history or context.  All we need is up to the minute updates on anything and everything.  So that we can forget about it and move on to the next big thing.

Iraq war inquiry from the Guardian in the UK

The challenge in Copenhagen: reshaping the world (via the AP through Google)