Meanwhile, war is brewing in Palestine, as the Israelis use newfound leeway from the U.S. to pressure Arafat. Arafat has responded by taking real action, arresting Palestinian policemen and reigning in Hamaswhich, ironically, proves Arafat's raw culpability for the recent rash of terrorist attacks in Israel. He could have stopped them. Or perhaps Arafat doesn't have the power to control Palestinine's terrorist groups, in which case Palestine may soon face civil war, as well.
The Chinese grow more sinister, supplying weapons to Al Qaeda after September 11. Argentina's in the dumpster. And then there's Saddam's stockpile of weapons of mass destruction growing larger by the day.
As weapons technology progresses, the capacity of a few men to inflict suffering on masses of their fellow men grows exponentially. On the brink of 2002, despite the bounty of good things wrought by free democratic republics, the world is a more dangerous place than ever. Discuss.