The EMP Attack – A Doomsday Scenario Waiting to Happen?

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A Fragile Order

On September 14, 2008, Ohio experienced a hurricane-like windstorm that yielded wind speeds of up to 78 mph and left over 1 million households and businesses without power–for weeks in some cases. Duke Energy claimed it was the largest power outage in the companies history. As a resident of the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky area, I witnessed the effects of this storm first-hand and the consequences of this happening again on a larger scale is alarming.

Aside from the slapstick visual of the Cincinnati Bengals trying to play a football game in 50 mph winds, the danger was real for many in the tri-state area that day. Tree branches destroyed property and power lines sprawled through streets like electrified snakes. Many scurried around town looking for a restaurant to get a warm meal only to find themselves waiting in lines that went out the door. Cars crammed into box-store parking lots such as Target and Wal-Mart looking for food and supplies.

This was in the first day of the power outage. This wasn’t a major disaster like earthquake or hurricane victims experience, but, can you imagine what it would be like if an electromagnetic pulse attack from a man-made weapon or solar flare from the sun managed to shut down the power grid for months–if not years? Store shelves would be empty in days according to some estimates. If tractor trailers aren’t delivering goods to stores for consumption then social order quickly unravels and time will roll back to the horse-and-buggy days. As tensions between Americans boil more every year and division continues to expand between political parties, this could be a doomsday scenario if it ever occurred.

Back to the Stone Age

The Congressional EMP Commission, whom received little attention from the Bush and Obama administrations–is getting some attention in recent years.

“Terrorists or state actors that possess relatively unsophisticated missiles armed with nuclear weapons may well calculate that, instead of destroying a city or a military base, they may gain the greatest political-military utility from one or a few such weapons by using them—or threatening their use—in an EMP attack.” – The EMP Commission, 2014.

Our whole civilization operates because of our reliance upon electricity and computer technology. An EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack threatens this fragile order to a much greater extent than its given credit for. In today’s world, where cyber-attacks are a daily occurrence, it’s absolutely necessary that appropriate funding is given to help in preventing a catastrophic fallout that could send us back into the dark ages.

In 2008, the EMP Commission summarized what it felt a successful EMP attack would look like: “within 12 months of a nationwide blackout, up to 90% of the U.S. population could possibly perish from starvation, disease and societal breakdown.”

We can only hope that this situation never occurs, because if it does, it will hit the United States harder than any other developed nation. Since deindustrilization through globalist policies, Americans have seen skilled trades slip away to other nations as the U.S. economy became service based. The nation’s young might compete well for gold medals in athletic Olympics but they fall behind in math and science. With Americans eating out more than they prepare their own food for the first time ever, most Americans wouldn’t know how to hunt and forage for their own food if needed–especially with the constant demonizing of the ancient skill of hunting and gun ownership in the media. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to practice your outdoor skills.

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