The Cold War Is Heating Up
“I want to remind you that Russia is one of the most powerful nuclear nations,” President Putin stated. “This is a reality, not just words (Vladimir Putin, 2014).”
President Putin went on to say that, Russia was ready to repel any aggression and essentially all enemies are put on notice not to mess with a nuclear Russia (Botelho, Smith-Spark 2014).
Of course, many put all this blustering down as heated rhetoric, a show for the folks back home in Mother Russia watching state-run TV. The Russian government controls the media inside Russia and thus controls the message, and citizens watching needed to be reassured they have a strong leader that will not back down from any country trying to rein them in.
According to the Federation of American Scientists Russia has the second largest stockpile of nuclear warheads in the world, 4,300 nuclear warheads is the current estimate. The United States has an estimated 4,765 nuclear warheads the largest in the world.
The fact that the United States has Russia “outgunned” means nothing when it comes to intent, and aggression against other countries. The days of “mutually assured destruction” seems to be over. This is because one side, Russia, is convinced they can launch a nuclear weapon against anyone, and not have retaliatory strikes follow from anyone. Russia may be convinced they would not be destroyed if they launched a nuclear weapon against another country, and they may be right.
Yes, the World As You Know It Would Change Overnight
While Russia has what most would call a relatively stable government, the same cannot be said for Iran, Pakistan or North Korea for example, all of which have nuclear capability or are close to it in the case of Iran. Mistakes happen and in the past, this country and the world came close to a nuclear war over mistakes, or misinterpreted intentions. It could happen again, and the chances have never been as great as they are right now.
Suppose North Korea launches a ballistic missile, and no one knows if a nuclear warhead is attached or not, a launch of a satellite into space North Korea might say, and yet information at hand shows it is aimed at a NATO partner for example. According to treaties in place, other NATO allies would be required to respond militarily. What would Russia think at this point? Maybe they would become paranoid and assume they are in a perilous position, and decides to take a preemptive strike. It could get out of hand quickly.
Countries shut off from the rest of the world because they want to deny Western influence do become paranoid, and are more apt to strike out, so this could be how the world is thrust into a nuclear war. Countries that deny their citizens freedom of speech and where the press is run by the government, can purposely misconstrue what is really going on in the world. Some countries routinely censor what their citizens can read and deny them Internet access unless it has been scrubbed.
Nuclear war is a danger and has been since nuclear weapons have been in existence. The threat level is higher now however, because the United States is no longer a deterrent according to some. The rest of the world has decided that the U.S. would sit on the sidelines. This may be the perception around the world, but one has to truly believe that if a missile were launched and the United States was the target it would be shot down, but the question is would we retaliate to prevent another launch?
No matter where a strike occurred on American soil, your world would change. If you were in the zone, you would die instantly, if within a certain radius you, would likely die in the weeks following the strike, from injuries and radiation poisoning and those hundreds of miles away would fear another strike and your communities and cities would descend into chaos overnight.
There would not be any place to run to, fear of another attack would be on everyone’s mind and people would attempt to flee metropolitan areas with no regard as to a destination. Even though thousands or tens of thousands would attempt to flee, they would have nowhere to go. Thousands would die from exposure and dehydration in a matter of days if they simply ran from their homes without any sort of plan in mind. This is what chaos and the possibility of another attack would do to people.
Some in the military would assume one attack is a softening blow and that others would follow. Invading armies may be coming next may be the thinking. This is not as likely however, because why waste troops on the ground when the destruction can be accomplished by launching missiles. Of course, any country looking to take over the U.S. would have to consider the viability of the land and structures after a nuclear war, so it could be both troops on the ground in some areas and nuclear missiles to degrade our military. After all, why take over a country if the land and resources are ruined for thousands of years because of nuclear fallout.
Where Does All This leave You
As stated earlier if you are in a city that is attacked with nuclear weapons many will probably not survive and those that do will not be able to leave due to injuries, radiation poisoning and because of the sheer chaos. Those in other cities do not have anywhere to go either, because a missile could strike anywhere, so you would essentially be fleeing one city to another area that may be attacked.
Of course, some experts recommend you flee to the wilderness. What happens once you get there, with your bug-out-bag? Then what, do you build a home, hunker down and wait for news, how do you survive in the meantime, and what about all the others that have listened to and read about what the experts say. Your remote area of the world will be overrun rather quickly if everyone follows the advice.
Moving a large group of people from one location to another does not solve the problem, it simply moves the problem to a new location. Studies have shown that during mass migrations caused by various reasons, people tend to migrate to where there are other people. People will follow other people, and so what you would have is a large population that has no idea how to survive off the land, as did our ancestors hundreds of years ago.
You need a plan of course and it should not involve following others off into the great unknown. Have a plan to survive in place, because if you survived the initial attack then you have a good head start. Obviously if fallout is an issue you have to leave, so if you do live on the outskirts of a large metro area, then you may need a plan to escape the fallout, but otherwise learn to survive in place, so prepare for and plan to do just that.
Botelho, S.-S. (2014, August 30). Retrieved 2014, from http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/29/world/europe/ukraine-crisis/