Let’s pretend, just for the moment, that this is a hypothetical question.
Let’s pretend, just for argument’s sake, in the comfort of your own easy chair, in front of your own big screen TV, just a few easy steps away from your favorite, anxiety-reducing snacks in your refrig, that this is just an academic exercise in geopolitical and psychological speculation, a polite brainstorming session that imaginary participants might conduct if certain coincidental worst case scenarios were to come to pass … all at the same time.
And let us acknowledge, in the calm certainty of our own typically secure routines, that any resemblance of this imaginary debate to actual persons and events living or dead may not be purely coincidental.
OK? Got it? Pretend it’s hypothetical. Just for fun. Then let’s begin.
Are you ready for World War Three?
What kind of pathetic paranoid poppycock is that? What IS this? Another Y2K drill? Much ado about nothing, I think.
Remember. You’re pretending it’s hypothetical. You agreed.
Oh, all right. Let’s see. Mmmmmm …. of course I’m not ready. Nobody is ready for World War Three. You CAN’T get ready for that.
What will you do when it happens?
Sit here and be vaporized, I guess. What could anybody do?
So … does that mean you’re not ready?
Of course I’m not ready for World War Three! Is anybody ready for World War Three?
Yes, I think there are some people who are ready?
Oh yeah? Who?
Well, three types of groups, at least. First, there are the people who are already victims of major wars, the people in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Serbia, Colombia, not to mention Burma, the Philippines, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Congo, and certain other countries, people who are already scavenging in often-radioactive garbage dumps just to make ends meet; many of their relatives or children have already been killed by invaders, and they’re just living hand to mouth, not caring whether the food they eat or the things they find might be radioactive or not, because when your expected life span is only a few more weeks or months, you don’t much care about those things. Survival becomes a day-by-day operation. If the superpowers who have these weapons destroy themselves by using them, that would be good news for the folks routinely diving in dumpsters.
Second, there are the people who plan and wish to execute nuclear wars. They have already built themselves secure bunkers miles beneath the earth’s surface. There are many in the U.S. and Europe. The figure they can ride it out, and they have a new, secret technology that actually detoxifies radioactive contamination, but they’re keeping it under wraps until after the Big One so then they can come out when the coast is clear and continue making scads of money doing two things: cleaning up radioactive rubble and repossessing real estate whose owners have been obliterated, are slowly and agonizingly died of radiation poisoning, or simply have scampered off to more hospitable climes.
Third, there are the people who saw it coming and had the foresight to move to remote locations in the Southern Hemisphere. As long as widespread nuclear explosions didn’t trigger a pole shift, those in the lower Southern Hemisphere would be relatively safe from the nuclear winter that will follow World War Three and render the entire Northern Hemisphere completely uninhabitable. The winds in the world are pretty much hemisphere specific, so that the winds that blow around the world in the Northern Hemisphere don’t cross over into the southern, and vice versa, although with the magnitude and volume of these explosions in all-out nuclear war, there is bound to be some crossover.
Humph. Sonofagun. You have this all worked out, don’t you?
What will you do when it actually happens?
When what actually happens?
When World War Three actually happens.
How will I find out about it?
Well, there are several ways you could find out about it. If you lived in an urban area like New York or Beijing or Cairo or Teheran, you’d probably find out about it when you saw a flash of light brighter than anything you’ve ever imagined, but it would last for only a millisecond and then you’d see nothing ever again. If, like most people, you lived in towns moderately close to these cities, you’d probably feel these humongous thumps and wonder why your house was disintegrating all around you. If you lived way out in the sticks you’d start to see these radiant atmospheric flashes, feel relatively gentle ground tremors, and then in a few hours you’d see a smoky blackness creeping toward you from the direction of the cities that would grow blacker and blacker as the hours passed. Depending on each person’s individual perceptual skills, it would be a matter of minutes or hours before you realized you would never see the sun again, because you will never survive the abject cold that would be produced by the sun being blotted out for probably from five to 15 years, except, as I said before, in extremely lucky places in the way Southern Hemisphere. Didn’t you ever wonder why all those Israelis are buying up huge chunks of real estate in Patagonia?
You mean I won’t see something on television and be able to briefly feel a pang of remorse about someone else being killed far away, and then be able to put it out of my mind so I could watch Monday Night Football with my usual intense focus?
Not likely. Here’s a variation on the initial question. What would you do if you got information that you really believed and trusted that World War Three was about to start in a few months? What steps would you take to prepare yourself?
How would I know I could trust the information?
Well, you’d hear it from the sources you always trusted. Your newspapers, your TV, maybe even from some particularly reliable Internet site.
But would I believe it? Would I be willing to give up everything I’ve worked for all my life, and just bolt into the wild blue yonder because I read something some journalist, no matter how well connected, might have just dreamed up?
Well, let’s say you had an inside source in the secret government, and he told you about the plan. Let’s say you regarded it as having the authenticity of all those insider stock tips he’d given you over the years that had made you a bundle. Someone who could discourse effortlessly on Masonic kingpin Albert Pike’s 1871 prediction that there would be THREE World Wars and final one would begin in the Middle East and erase both Zionized Christendom and Islamic world in one mighty stroke. And someone who had scary connections with alphabet intelligence agencies.
Yes, I see. What would I do? Hmmm.
Would you run, or would you try to alert others?
Oh dogbiscuits! You know what it’s like to tell people that you really know what’s going on, and that they don’t. They think you’ve got marbles rattling around in your brain, and they just ignore you, at best. At worst, they call Homeland Security and the men in the little white coats with the large guns show up at your door. At least, you become socially ostracized for not going along with what everybody else believes.
So which would you do?
Well, I guess I’d try to find out if the tip was real or not, and if I determined it WAS real, I’d try to alert the most important people I know to see if they could do something about it.
What would make you decide if the tip was real or not?
Well, our best sources are on TV, I think. At least that’s what everybody believes. Most people don’t believe something is really real unless they see it on television.
So you’re saying that what you see on TV is actually real?
No, I’m not that naive. I know stuff that appears on the news is often shaded by those who own the TV networks to inflict the spin they want to put on most world events. Hell, that’s how we got in all those wars.
So what if someone on TV, highly reputable, came on and predicted all-out nuclear war? Would you act on that?
Probably not. I wouldn’t believe him.
OK, say you were certain of the tip you received being real. Then what would you do?
I’d call the police, then my congressperson.
And what would you do if they all said you were nuts? And then they said they knew who the bad guys really were, because they had this evidence that they couldn’t really tell you about because of National Security, but they were going to nuke them all to smithereens.
I don’t know. Cry? Or run into the street screaming.
OK, one more question. If you had the power to impact a large number of people and the money to arrange some effective plan of action to the catch the people who were planning to use nuclear weapons, and you were certain that they were going to carry out their plan on the basis of at least 50 years of continuing atrocities perpetrated against innocent people which they later blamed on completely innocent patsies, what would you do ….. ?