I almost didn’t bother to post the link to this article because similar stories are appearing several times every week. I changed my mind after thinking about it a bit though.
I’m posting it not so much because the story is a new one or in any way unique but because these stories have become the new norm to the extent that they have become background noise and your eyes simply slide right over them.
Stop and think about that for a moment:
1.The quite real threat of a rogue nuclear power launching an EMP attack at the U.S. which has the potential to kill 80%-90% of the population.
2. The Federal government knowing about the potential consequences of an EMP event (whether solar or nuclear) and doing nothing even though the cost of hardening the U.S. power grid is almost trivial compared to the rest of government spending.
Contemplate a world where we have begun to simply take for granted that a little tin pot dictator of a 3rd world country (that is horrible even by third world standards) could, at a moment’s notice, kill 80%-90% of the U.S. population, destabilize the entire world and no one so much as bats an eye.
Almost makes you long for the comparatively comforting Cold War days when complete nuclear annihilation was a threat but was at least tempered by the fact that the players were all considered to be rational.