The big boom
In honor of the North Koreans testing of missiles that could, possibly, potentially carry a nuclear war head to somewhere on the western seaboard of the United States or Canada, I have decided to postpone my topic scheduled for today and write this one that has been on my mind quite a bit lately anyway.
First, this whole scenario reminds me of when I was living in Turkey during the first Gulf War. Will the day come when that conflict will be referred to as GWI and the current one as GWII? Anyhow, I was in the Air Force and stationed at Ankara Air Station. During the war, it was determined that if Saddam took the warhead out of his SCUD missiles (nuclear or otherwise) and filled hem from nosecone to tail fin with rocket fuel, placed the launcher on the border of Iran and Turkey and had a decent tail wind, the whole contraption would run out of gas somewhere over our city of 5 million and land on our heads. Rediculous, yes, but we got combat pay for it so no one cared.
Second, for those of you living in Anchorage, Fairbanks or Juneau, Alaska, I would be irate at the media if I were you! You're a lot closer to the Korean peninsula than Seattle or San Fancisco, yet all the media can talk about is how this missle they launched (which immediately blew up, resulting in a failed launch, by the way) could strike one of those or other west coast cities. No one mentions y'all! The missiles actually could strike up there! Not to give you anything to worry about or anything.
But that's kind of my point today. I resolutely believe that none of this will come to pass -- at least not for a while. These billions of dollars being spent world wide on nuclear weapons and how to stop them is just billions of dollars wasted. And believe me, that is a pretty bold statement from the guy who as a kid had reoccuring nightmares about the aftermath of a nuclear war from the time he was in junior high until his early college years.
Measures have been in place for decades concerning how a nuclear war would be carried out. What missiles would be fired first and what would their targets be. What would be the response to someone firing the first missile at us or our allies in another part of the world. In the end, it all comes down to the same thing: The end of the world.
But we know that is not the case. We can read the Bible and get a picture of how the world will end. Almost all Christians, regardless of their Biblical knowledge, has heard something about the Rapture, the Antichrist, the Tribulation... None of these things will be able to come to pass if the world is destroyed by a former Soviet republic, China, North Korea, Pakistan, India, France, England or anyone else firing a nuclear weapon at anyone. That would mean the Bible is wrong and the implications of that...
"But Geek, the US has already dropped two atomic bombs, what about that?" Those bombs were dropped before systems and computers were put in place to gurad against any further mushroom clouds ever appearing over any city of the world.
"But Geek, what about someone like Iran? They don't care about our Bible and would think it a great reflection on them if they fired a nuclear warhead at Israel like they have been threatening to do." Yeah, so? I say we call their bluff. We already know this won't happen for the very reason I stated above. But lets take the Bible out of the picture for a moment. Iran won't fire a nuclear weapon at Israel. Why? because Jerusalem is one of the most important cities in Islam (at least since 1923). The second most important mosque in Islam is there. A nuclear warhead detonating over Jerusalem would destroy all of these important sites. Don't forget, Iran is a theocracy. The danger to religious sites would be taken into consideration first.
A missile fired anywhere else in Irael would risk too many other places and things important to Islam. Not to mention the fact that the West Bank and the Gaza Strip would be destroyed. Millions of Palastinians would die. And what if the missile missed its mark? Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Saudi Arabia would not take kindly to Iran nuking them, either. Not to mention the enormous backlash from the entire Muslim world should anything important to them be hit. It's not worth the risk.
God may use nuclear weapons during the Time of Tribulation, but I believe he will not allow them to be used before then. Not from Iran or North Korea or anyone else. That's just my opinion, mind you, but I pray I'm right.
Note: Sorry for the heavy topic today. This whole blog has been percolating in my mind for the fast couple of weeks and I had to get it out.