Fox News reported today that North Korea is now threatening what I, and others, have long said was the most likely scenario, delivering an EMP attack against the United States. In the article, officials admit that there is little that can be done about such an attack as our electrical grid has not been updated and hardened per recommendations given in 2008, that is over nine years ago.
There have been many books written about what our country would look like after an attack on our infrastructure. Perhaps one of the best is One Second After by William R. Forstchen. Dr. Forstchen even testified before Congress about the effects of such an attack and still nothing was done.
Make no mistake, attacking America through an Electromagnetic Pulse would kill millions, perhaps hundreds of millions of our citizens. We are so dependent upon technology today that few have the know-how to survive such an attack. The fact that North Korea, as a country, would cease to exist is immaterial. In all likelihood, if we were to go back to the 1800’s, we would make sure the rest of the world joined us there. In the process, human life on this planet would drop to near extinction levels.
Russia has proposed that it hold peace talks. Yes, they have an agenda, and the U.S. has, essentially, told them to pound sand. If the Mr. Putin had not shown his aggressiveness toward the United States over the last few years, I’m sure that our leaders would be willing to listen. As it is, there is no trust at that level. I’m sure that Mr. Putin is coming to the realization that any conflict between the U.S. and North Korea will have as disastrous an effect on Russia as the rest of the world.
I personally do not believe that more sanctions will work. I don’t think threatening an even carrying out the threat to stop trade with those who are trading with North Korea will work. I think a preemptive strike has very low odds of working. I do not believe it is possible to have a diplomatic solution with a leader that has shown himself to be a sociopath. What does that leave?
In a previous post, I gave one solution to the problem. I think that it is time that every country came to the realization that a nuclear conflict, no matter how small will eventually embroil the entire world.