Several months ago I used the space in this column to point out the many danger signs of war so prevalent around the world. Now there are many more. Hence, Part Two. Since the debacle of Vietnam, Americans have crawled into a shell. We do not want to be involved in any more "foreign" wars (only civil wars are not foreign). No matter how important the country involved may be to our own safety, economy, and style of life, we are disinterested. The pride of our power has all but disappeared.
Star Wars we enjoy. Old war movies saturate TV. Violence in the public media is only superseded by sexploitation. Our President boldly tells the U.S.S.R. through a speech at graduation exercises at a war college: "We will have cooperation or confrontation."
The Bible puts the kill ratio at only 25 percent — or about 55 million of our current population. Be encouraged!He also beefs up our civil defense spending in preparation for the "unthinkable" nuclear Armageddon we all fear may come, but dismiss because it is too uncomfortable to consider.
Solzhenitsyn warns America of the disintegration of our society, saying we have lost our backbone, have no goals other than continued and increasing self-satisfaction. He also predicts another massive war for the planet, but doesn't think it will be nuclear.
The Chinese insist that the next war will be a nuclear one, fought between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R., but they predict the confrontation will occur on the traditional battlefield of Europe. The Chinese, by the way, have been putting their entire vast human stockpile of nearly one billion workers to the task of creating the most massive civil defense system known to mankind — and it is almost complete. They hope to weather the storm, and they are doing something about it. The Soviets have consistently spent somewhere in the neighborhood of ten billion dollars a year for ten years establishing a sophisticated civil defense they hope will ensure the loss of fewer than ten million of their people in a nuclear exchange. The U.S. is now belatedly beefing up its civil defense program (which is a sick joke) to $800,000 a year — too little, too late.
Americans have crawled into a shell. We do not want to be involved in any more "foreign" wars. A presidential study last fall determined that in the event of a nuclear war with the Russians, about 140 million Americans would perish. A Pentagon study disagrees and estimates the losses in excess of 170 million. The Bible, believe it or not, puts the kill ratio at only 25 percent — or about 55 million of our current population. Be encouraged!
The backyard bomb shelter fad died in the '50s — everyone realized the effort was useless. Sanctuaries already prepared for crucial government personnel are accessible with a two-hour notice. Yet, admittedly, if nuclear weapons were launched by submarines near our coast, the warning time would be less than fifteen minutes! And it took a presidential command to attain the two-hour escape capability!
Take it all with a grain of SALT — maybe detente will work; maybe the Russians are only cuddly bears too involved with their own problems to worry about obliterating us; maybe they are not bent on world domination, even though that is their oft stated aim; maybe Santa Claus and the Easter bunny are real!
Watch your daily media in every form and see how many references to the coming war you can find — you may be surprised (in more ways than one!). And if you're interested in reading about a future war that an unimpeachable source predicts is going to happen in the near future, read our free booklet The Red Horse: War. Why not another war? Watch this column for Part Three, unless...