A year an half ago, I wrote a series of posts on how World War IV could begin through the eyes of a blogger. I started thinking about how the coming world war would play out if we took random opinions and news items and stitched them together portraying, over a 21 day period, one scenario of how World War IV will enfold. Granted there are others, but this one, as an escalation process, I believe is most likely grounded in what pundits are saying the coming war would look like. It's interesting that I had to make so few changes from a year and half ago.
Here's Part 3. See Parts 1 & 2 at The Gathering Storm.
Day Eleven: 7:30 AM PST
It didn’t take long. The day after NATO troops were withdrawn from the mid-East, Hezbollah launched long range rockets from Lebanon deep into Israel. Debka reports that Iranian rocket crews are manning the Zelzal-2 missiles on their mobile launchers and were deployed along the Syrian side of the Syrian-Lebanese border. When the order was given the rocket crews crossed the Lebanese/Syrian border and launched on cities just north of Tel Aviv. Israel warned that it will strike at the missile launches inside Syria to halt the attacks. Debka writes that this plays into Syria and Iran’s hands. If Israel attacks Syria, Iran said they will “Wipe the Zionist pigs from the face of the earth”. The President of the US pledges that if Israel is attacked by Iran, “We will support our ally” and warns Iran in the strongest terms not to enter the war with Israel.
Day Twelve: 9:10 AM PST
Iran raises the ante today. Iran Watch reported the Iranian government’s response to the US warning. "The White House's 80 years of exclusive rule are likely to become 80 seconds of hell that will burn to ashes. Those who resist Iran will be struck from directions they never expected. Iran will cause the destruction of Anglo-Saxon civilization. There are 29 sensitive sites in the U.S. and in the West. We have already spied on these sites and we know how we are going to attack them."
Maverick News Media reports this quote from an Iranian Revolutionary Guard officer, “Iran's missiles are now ready to strike at Western targets, and as soon as the instructions arrive, we will launch our missiles at their cities and installations." The warning was written off by the President saying there are no reports of Iran having ballistic missiles that can reach the US. The public is not assured. It could all be bluster but I told my wife to go down to Costco and stock up on canned goods and other household supplies, including bottled water. I told her it was just a precaution but I knew things were about to get dicey.
Just heard that Homeland Security raised the terrorist threat level to ‘Extreme’. The cable news channels all report that HomeSec has intelligence of an imminent terrorist attack. They ask citizens to be aware of suspicious activity by individuals and report it immediately to their local police or FBI. The Counter Terrorism blog reports of Hezbollah cells ordered to activate by Iran. I call my wife and tell her to double the amount of toilet paper.
Day Thirteen: 6:10 PM PST
It happened. What Israel experiences every other day has arrived in America. Five suicide bombers entered the Mall of America and 4 other popular large malls in Chicago, New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles and San Antonio and detonated themselves. Hundreds of back to school shoppers are killed or maimed. The TV channels show what they can but the scenes at the malls are a gruesome bloody mess. YouTube posts some nasty scenes and they are passed around the Net infuriating the public. Then, within the next hour, the New York subway, DART in Denver, BART in the Bay Area, and MART in Atlanta are also hit. This time with backpack bombs timed to go off simultaneously. The TV and radio stations run continuous news on the tragic events even canceling all prime time shows on the network channels. Some clueless viewers complain to their local stations for preempting ‘American Idol’. You wonder where some people’s heads are at.
Day Fourteen: 7:10 AM PST
Woke up to video news footage of several burned out mosques in the European cities that were attacked. The cable news channels are running ‘Man in the Street’ interviews with Muslims – when they can find them. Jihadist web sites chant that this is only the beginning of Jihad in America. CAIR puts out a general release charging the government with collusion in the persecution of Muslim-Americans and demands action. The President responds saying the charges are absurd and have no basis accusing CAIR and other Muslim organizations for inciting hatred. The President says the government will protect Muslims in this country.
Day Fifteen: 12:00 PM PST
I’m afraid the Presidents words now ring hollow. A small EMP device has detonated outside of the Pentagon. Where the hell did that come from? How did terrorists get their hands on that? Reports are sketchy but the EMP device was large enough to knock out most communication at the Pentagon with military commands overseas not to mention several hundred people whose brains were fried when the weapon went off. HotAir reports that the EMP weapon was smuggled in through an unnamed New Jersey seaport.
This just in. More suicide bombers have detonated their bombs in local restaurants during lunch time in several medium size cities including Des Moines, Kansas City, Billings, Trenton, and Portland. And this chilling report from MSNBC. In a raid on a terrorist safe house in the Washington DC area, the FBI located a dirty bomb ready to be used. See Parts 1 & 2 at The Gathering Storm.
I just want to say that, after reading this latest istallment of The Gathering Storm, I am thoroughly scared shitless.
My hhusband is a soldier in the U.S. Army. He didn't join because he has any opinions one way or another on the war. What opinions he does have, he keeps to himself. He joined because he firmly believed it would provide a better, and more financially stable, life for our family. Now he faces deployment to Iraq. From my side of things, if we as a world don't get our collective heads out of our collective asses, all hell is going to break loose. I support the troops, from the U.S. and all our Coalition brothers, with all my heart. If we don't remove the threat posed worldwide by Extremists, I believe the world will descend into chaos the likes of which has not yet been seen. Thank you for you blogs, and thank you for being brave enough to stand and speak your mind in a time where threats and censorship are all too common.
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