It could get very hot.  Then cold.  It will be very windy.  What would life be like in Idaho if World War Three broke out?  The other day, I read that the Russians have more nuclear missiles than the United States, however.  Many of the Russian nukes are smaller.  Still, they would be more powerful than anything ever dropped on Japan and likely considerably more accurate.

Idaho wouldn’t appear to be the main target.  Idaho National Laboratory is a research facility but has no immediate military value.  A strike would simply kick up a large radioactive dust cloud that would blot out the sun over Idaho Falls, Rexburg, and a large portion of Montana.  As the dust fell from the sky, there could be a lot of glowing personalities!

Too Harsh to Contemplate

Russia could withhold some missiles from the fight.  Allies in China and North Korea could offer some extra hits on American territories and allies in the Pacific.  Our large cities along the Pacific Coast would get smoked.  Large naval facilities in San Diego and San Francisco would be obvious targets.  Large ports could be obliterated to curtail the U.S. economy from pulling off a logistical miracle like the one seen in World War Two.

Within 48 hours, it’s likely all the grocery and hardware shelves in Idaho will be empty.  If there was any advance warning, the shelves would be stripped bare before any strikes.

The System Would Collapse

First responders and hospitals would be overwhelmed.  Any survivors would be foraging for scraps and dealing with potential radioactive poisoning.  People with things to trade for would also need to be well-armed and trained in the use of firearms.  Within weeks you could expect three-quarters of the population to die.  Many would never be buried.

Our enemies would be in far worse shape.  Not much of a consolation.

I don’t usually write such predictions of an apocalyptic nature but there aren’t many people alive today with memories of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Or Bikini Atoll.  Or even of the destruction wrought by conventional world wars.  I’ll turn 60 if we make it to October.  I’m among the last with any memory of “duck and cover”.  All of these are reasons why we need to impress upon our leaders why some of the current beatings of the war drum are a really awful idea.

Our Guy has a Finger on the Button and Not a Grip on his Mind

The figurehead in charge of our nuclear arsenal appears to be in the throes of dementia.  He challenges construction workers to fights when campaigning.  He snaps at questions.  He falls climbing stairs.

I came into this world in the midst of the Cuban Missile Crisis.  Ironically, I was born in a hospital in a place called Cuba, New York!  Cooler heads prevailed in 1962.  I pray we still have a few.

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