JS-Kit/Echo comments for article at http://smallestminority.blogspot.com/2006/11/in-keeping-with-my-recent-gloom-n-doom.html (4 comments)

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jsid-1164094387-542002  Renn at Tue, 21 Nov 2006 07:33:07 +0000

I'm a child of the Cold War. I grew up under this type of threat scenario. Yes, this is a lot more plausible than the schlock that the propagandists were feeding the public when I was a child. However, I've come to grips with these types of scenarios and I expect you have as well.

Regardless, we are living in interesting times. The next couple of decades could be pretty horrific, or the whole thing could self-correct.

jsid-1164145672-542044  Dave at Tue, 21 Nov 2006 21:47:52 +0000

Nuclear attack is always a concern, but like Renn I grew up during the cold war when the thought of the entire world being swept away by thousands of nukes was considered a very a plausible one.
These medieval characters we are up against are exremely dangerous, but there is a big danger, because when they are compared to us they are rank amateurs when it comes to dealing out destruction.
They've killed something like 6000 Americans since 9/11. In the past when we were as determined to defeat someone as they are, millions would have bought it in a similar period. That subconscious fact is, in my opinion why many people don't take them as much of a threat as they should.
The gloves haven't come off because of that low number of American casualties, combined with the relative lack of impact the conflict has had on the daily life of ordinary Americans. If they succeed in setting off a nuke, things will change dramatically.

jsid-1164180008-542069  Renn at Wed, 22 Nov 2006 07:20:08 +0000

After actually cogitating on this for a little bit today, I must say I like the piece as an intro to an action adventure post-apocalyptic novel.

The real world greater likelihood is a suitcase nuke, or a number of them detonated in or around our major cities. Too much of that and it could take down much or all of our power grid which would have dire consequences. Most people do not realize just how dependent we are on "the grid". Take a day and REALLY look at a map. Look at the distances in many of the other countries in the world and then look at the distances here in the US. Then figure out just how far that grapefruit or orange you ate for breakfast travelled. SUbstitute whatever foodstuff is not grown i nyour region, and then think about the consequences of the loss of power to pump fuel for those trucks...

Not to scare anyone, just food for thought so people can prepare to the best of their ability for a situation that may never happen. Though the likelihood does seem to be increasing.

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