Nuclear War

Friday, 20 September 2013 0 comments
At this writing (April 7, 2013) the situation in North Korea is extremely critical. Kim Jung Un, the child leader of that 4th-world nation, is threatening a nuclear strike on everyone in sight, in particular the United States. No one seems certain of just what his capabilities are, and the media keeps playing it down, but what does seem certain is that Kim is unstable and apparently believes his own brainwashing, i.e., that he can "destroy" the United States.

Kim can't destroy the United States, but if he does have the capability to fire a nuke over a great enough distance, he might succeed in killing a lot of Americans (and people of other nations such as Japan and South Korea). We know for a fact that he has successfully tested some short- and medium-range missiles, and he has detonated at least one nuclear warhead, so the threat is real. He has also nullified the cease-fire of 1953 that ended the shooting (but not the war) on the Korean Peninsula, so whether his threats are sincere or just a video game in his mind, he must be taken seriously. (There are also rumors that he has stealth submarines with nukes on board, but I haven't been able to verify that.)

This article is not to debate Kim's capabilities, but to give you a heads-up on what you can do if he actually does pull the trigger. Most people under fifty have probably never read up on what nuclear war is like, so you may not know what to do. I lived under the threat my entire life, so I've read quite a bit over the years. My purpose today is to SCARE you.

I and most of the people I know live on the West Coast of the United States; if Kim can reach the U.S. mainland at all, we will be the most likely target. Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle are the most likely choices for a nuclear strike, but North Korea's targeting accuracy might not be all that swell, so a missile launched from that country might land anywhere. No one is safe.

When I was a kid, growing up under the "Red Scare" (which today's sneering skeptics seem to think was a joke), we had air-raid sirens that would sound if Soviet nukes were detected; we also had CONELRAD, the equivalent of today's Emergency Broadcast System, that would interrupt radio and TV broadcasts if anything happened. Today I doubt if those sirens still exist, or would be used in the event of a nuclear strike, but we do have EBS... so you may or may not get any warning if a nuclear strike is inbound. It is very possible that the first warning you will get will be...


The nuclear flash is the brightest thing you will ever (hopefully never) see. It is so bright that everything vanishes for three to five seconds, then gradually color returns to the universe. I saw one once, in 1958, when atomic bombs were being routinely tested in Nevada; I was ten years old and got up early, before dawn, because we knew in advance that a test would be conducted. I lived about 300 miles to the west of the test, with the Sierra Nevada mountains in between, but the light was so bright it erased everything for a few seconds. And I was indoors at the time.

If you see the flash, and you are outdoors, DO NOT LOOK AT IT. Depending on the size of the bomb and your distance from it, just looking at it can melt your eyeballs in your head. Even if you survive, you will be blind for life. (Even if you are a hundred miles away, don't take the chance. Close your eyes and cover them with your hands if possible.)

Your chances of surviving a nuclear blast depend on many factors. The first and most important of these is your distance from the explosion. If you are within a certain radius (which varies depending on the type and size of bomb), you're doomed. Nothing can save you, so don't even worry about it.

Special Teams In Of War

Have you ever wondered why we have Special Forces and also regular force in our military? The U.S. Navy has the Navy seals, the top gun pilots, and the best of the best. The US Marine Corp considers everyone in their group part of their Special Force. The Army has the Airborne Rangers. Okay, you get the picture. It would be similar to a football team which has a starting quarterback, and a few really good receivers. The special teams are those which run special plays, sometimes new people are added to the mix, or during a kickoff return, field goal or punt a new group comes onto the field.

What's the difference between this and the regular team players? Well, when you have a very important job to do and you want to put maximum power at the tip of the spear, you want to use your special teams. In time of war this might be like using the Navy SEALs putting the maximum force at a certain point to get a job done very quickly. This would be;

Similar to the Difference Between a Pro-Soccer Team and a Local AYSO City League Championship Team

A little AYSO Team wouldn't stand a chance, would they?

Neither does the enemy when we come to play, meaning that these assets and teams are often they go to folks for very important missions that cannot fail. No nothing is guaranteed when playing for keeps, I am certain the AYSO team might get lucky once in a Blue Moon, and the Pro-Teams job is to; Not Let That Happen.

An example of using a special team in war for instance would be going in and getting Osama bin Laden in his mansion compound in Pakistan across from the Pakistani intelligence and war college. We need our special teams, and they need our support, this is one group that you do not want to cut their budget, because when policymakers want to get something done in a hurry, and they want the mission to succeed, the last thing we wanted to do is send them on their way without the proper equipment.

Do you remember when Jimmy Carter sent our military in to rescue the hostages in Iran? The mission failed, it was terrible. Of course, it was the same president who had almost a gutted the military because that was the direction his party, and political persuasion was headed. Sometimes I wonder if we are making the same mistake today in2013. That is to say that perhaps the Obama Administration in trying to play around with the military budget, trying to cut out its core competencies with all the sequestration - it is hurting not only our regular military, but also those very special teams, the same ones we will call on when our country needs them the most.