During the Cuban missile crisis, President Kennedy estimated the odds of nuclear war as being somewhere between one out of three. For something that catastrophic, those odds are not good. Let’s not get into the detail of this crisis, other than to say that some have said that this was the closest the world has come to the unthinkable. News Forecasters ask, is nuclear war inevitable?
The world has been living under mutually assured destruction (MAD). This is a doctrine of military strategy and national security policy in which a full-scale use of nuclear weapons by two or more opposing sides would cause the complete annihilation of both the attacker and the defender.
In a sane world, no one would pull the trigger. And yet the world is armed to the teeth with nukes – is this sane? There are many conflicts simmering around the world – Kashmir, Middle East, China sea, just to name a few. The point is that every small war pulls the trigger in a nuclear roulette. “00” may one day hit. I won’t say where I heard this, but one quote has stuck in my mind for years. It goes as follows:
“Man has not developed a weapon of war that he has not eventually used to its fullest extent.”
Not to get biblical, but we are talking a biblical event, in Mathew 24 it is talking about the end of the age – the Apocalypse. The prophecy is speaking of human events and not just a spiritual state of mind. Specifically, verse 22 says, “In fact, unless those days are shortened, all mankind will perish. But they will be shortened for the sake of God’s chosen people.” In other words, if God does not save man, we would destroy ourselves.
But forget the Bible, let’s just look at it from a human perspective. Understanding human nature – it has not basically changed in millennia. To think it has is not sane. We are just as bad or good as people were before – the only difference is history and technology. Can history save us? Do you feel lucky? Ok, spin the nuclear roulette wheel again – it will never hit “00.” Right? This leaves News Forecasters with a very sobering reality that – in the next 50 years, the inevitable will happen. How severe it maybe is another issue.
Plan if you can accordingly.
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