I’m in the middle of researching how to prepare my family for the risk of a massive EMP attack on the United States. I have food storage, am off the grid for water and sewer, have researched raising chickens for protein, and already have gardening skills. My final step to get off the grid is to purchase a natural gas generator with a propane tank for backup in case the local gas company can’t get it to me from direct gas line.
Eh? An EMP attack, you say? What’s that?
When a nuclear warhead is exploded on the ground, the result is devastating, but usually limited to a certain radius depending on the size of the warhead. The nuclear fallout, while also a big problem for people downwind of it, is not as permanent as Hollywood leads us to believe as the half-life of the radiation is quick to dissipate it, along with weather and other natural processes. (See my post about Hiroshima).
In short, it takes a lot of warheads to destroy a country the size of the U.S. by brute force, ground zero devastation alone. We learned that through the multiple wargame scenarios of the Cold War.
However, when a nuclear warhead is exploded at high altitude, the effects are much more devastating. That’s because of a phenomenon called “electro-magnetic pulse“. Basically, the explosion, while not producing dreaded nuclear fallout, produces high energy radio waves that fry all electronics within a huge geographic region.
Now, think about how much we depend on electronics and computers to run our lives. One warhead can instantly cause hundreds of billions of dollars of infrastructure damage. Not because that warhead wiped it all off the map, but because its radio wave emissions essentially cooked the circuits that run that infrastructure. Your car won’t start, your computer won’t boot, your phone won’t work, your bank can’t transfer money, your grocery store can’t resupply, and hundreds of other similar disaster scenarios will take place. To reconstruct that infrastructure can take years, if not decades. And we might never fully recover with the effects of social upheaval and invasions from opportunistic foreign invaders.
It would take, at most, four nuclear warheads of modest yield launched over four quadrants of the U.S. from space lift adapted, container-based launchers in international waters (see also “Club-K Container Missile System” while it’s still available for view by the public) to produce an almost total, decades-long technology blackout of the U.S. and even parts of Canada and Mexico.
America would instantly be sent back to the era of the 1850s for a long time, leaving us extremely vulnerable in a world that would suddenly be technologically 160 years ahead of us.
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So, who would launch such an attack?
I’m keeping a close eye on what’s going on with Iran. A few years ago they were launching ballistic missiles from the Caspian Sea and exploding them at apogee (highest point in flight). The press called it “a failure” because the rockets blew up. But, of course, they were ignorant (or deliberately misleading) of the fact that if you’re going to launch an EMP attack, that’s exactly what you’d want. Placing two off the east and west coasts in international waters, launching them in an arc over each of four quadrants of the U.S., and detonating the warheads at between 60 and 200 miles up would be absolutely devastating.
Now Iran also has four submarines. They just took delivery of them last week. They don’t appear to be capable of launching ballistic missiles, and while Iran’s submarine program appears to have the relatively local goal of controlling the Sea of Oman and the Persian Gulf, they could also be valuable as defensive support for container-based launches.
Take these quotes from Ahmadinejad, and particularly this one:
Is it possible for us to witness a world without America and Zionism? But you had best know that this slogan and this goal are attainable, and surely can be achieved…
We have a strategy drawn up for the destruction of Anglo-Saxon civilization… we must make use of everything we have at hand to strike at this front by means of our suicide operations or by means of our missiles. There are 29 sensitive sites in the U.S. and in the West. We have already spied on these sites and we know how we are going to attack them.
That was in October 2005 when he gave a speech at a conference ominously entitled, “The World Without Zionism”.
Notice the graphics Ahmadinejad displayed at that conference. The U.S. is going to be hit before Israel. Very, very frightening.
And, indeed, that’s the intended effect.
Ahmadinejad has had 5 years since then to test missiles and build his nuclear “energy” program. It’s almost certain he has already acquired at least one nuclear warhead, if not more, either from his own efforts or from bartering with North Korea, Russia, China, and/or Pakistan.
And why is Ahmadinejad telegraphing his intentions like this? Why not use the element of surprise?
The short answer is, he doesn’t need to.
What did Obama do just after taking office? First, he scrapped the Bush-era missile defense system saying a newer, better one would be placed in Europe. (How that would defend us against an attack in international waters in the Pacific is anybody’s guess).
But, then he killed the missile defense program with our allies in Europe, which ticked them off so much that it’s doubtful we’ll EVER get a chance to set up another system.
Meanwhile, lawmakers in favor of missile defense asked “why now” when funding was cut for the program. Well, it should be obvious to them, shouldn’t it? Especially with the bowing and scraping Obama has done with respect to the Islamic world before and during his presidency.
After Iran gets nuclear capabilities, there are over 30 other Islamic nations that will be clamoring to get them. Indeed, they have already filed paperwork with the U.N. in this regard (source pending).
Read “The Nuclear Jihadist” to discover how really bad the nuclear situation is over in the middle east. The news will not tell you.
Truly, the next scariest thing to the proliferation of nuclear arms in the Islamic world is the proliferation of evidence that “President” Obama is working behind the scenes to ensure the destruction of the United States and Israel.
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- Iran broadcasts missile launch on state television (telegraph.co.uk)
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- Iran broadcasts missile launch (telegraph.co.uk)
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- Planning for Various Disasters (socyberty.com)