JAPAN - Climate Change Will Kill National Sovereignty

Arno Froese

As we collectively hurtle into the era of climate change, international relations as we’ve known them for almost four centuries will change beyond recognition.

This shift is probably inevitable, and possibly even necessary. But it will also cause new conflicts, and therefore war and suffering.

Since the Peace of Westphalia in 1648, diplomats have—in peacetime and war alike—for the most part subscribed to the principle of national sovereignty. This is the idea, enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, that foreign countries have no right “to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state.”

The concept was born, along with the entire system of modern states, in the physical and psychological rubble of the Thirty Years War. Starting in 1618, the European powers intervened in one another’s territories almost willy-nilly. Round after round of war left about one in three central Europeans dead. It was in that continental graveyard that statesmen (they were all men) stipulated that it was best if every state henceforth minded only its own business.

That insight has probably also dawned on many delegates to COP26, the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow. What’s at stake in those negotiations is not any country’s “national” interest as such, except insofar as it’s part of the collective interest of our species in preserving the global commons: the atmosphere and biosphere. And although aviation regulators might disagree, the borders around our territorial jurisdictions just don’t extend up into the air.

But the creeping obsolescence of Westphalian sovereignty as the operating system of international relations would cause even more upheaval. And this looks inevitable. Some powers or alliances will in the future contemplate military interventions in other states to end what they will define as ecocide. Others may even go to war if they believe rival countries are taking unilateral measures against climate change that threaten their own interests.

The time to think about the demise of sovereignty is now. Maybe we’ll need an ecological equivalent to what the World Trade Organization is to commerce: A new international body that makes the conundrum explicit and attempts to maintain order. Even then, the world is likely to become more unstable and dangerous, not only ecologically but also geopolitically. We all dread environmental Armageddon. But we don’t want another Thirty Years War either.

-www.japantimes.co.jp, 5 November 2021

Arno's Commentary

Change is inevitable. When looking at the world today, we realize that merchandise is the binding adhesive for the nations of the world. One depends on the other. There is little to no doubt that sovereignty of individual nations will decrease, to be replaced by internationalism.

On a daily basis, the news media feeds us concerns about the environment. The sub-headline of this article reads, “All the world’s people have a legitimate interest in the greenhouse gases emitted in any given jurisdiction.” It’s no longer a secret that the three power structures China, North America, and Europe are forced by the sheer volume of merchandise to not upset one another. 

We point with interest to the concluding remarks: “We all dread environmental Armageddon. But we don’t want another Thirty Years War either.”

What will the future bring? The Bible says: “Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things” (Daniel 11:37-38). While we realize that “the God of forces” is the military—virtually worshiped in most countries—

We must take note of the last sentence: “…he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.” That is merchandise, and it is merchandise that will have the upper hand in these end times.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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