Monday, March 02, 2009
Renowned Harvard Historian, Niall Ferguson:
Wall Street Journal: "The parallels between Pakistan and Mexico are strong enough that the U.S. military singled them out recently as the two countries where there is a risk the government could suffer a swift and catastrophic collapse, becoming a failed state.
Pakistan is the greater worry because the risk of collapse is higher and because it has nuclear weapons. But Mexico is also scary: It has 100 million people on the southern doorstep of the U.S., meaning any serious instability would flood the U.S. with refugees. Mexico is also the U.S.'s second biggest trading partner.
Mexico's cartels already have tentacles that stretch across the border. The U.S. Justice Department said recently that Mexican gangs are the "biggest organized crime threat to the United States," operating in at least 230 cities and towns."
[Photo of a Mexican gang member; WSJ.]
Theology think-tank Theos questioned 2,060 people across the UK, 60 of whom were from Northern Ireland. People were asked their views on evolution and the origins of mankind.
A quarter of those questioned in Northern Ireland said they believed in creationism while 16% said they believed in Intelligent Design (AKA: Intelligence? Declined!)
Theos spokesman Nick Spencer said the survey found many people had inconsistent views.
"The overall picture in the UK is that about one in four are convinced evolutionists, while one in five people are convinced in their opposition to evolution - half of whom are creationists and half who believe in intelligent design," he said.