Pul­sat­ing con­cern

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - Tom Smoot, Val­dosta, Ge­or­gia Eleanor K. Gustafson Haver­hill, Mas­sachusetts

Re: your Ed­i­to­rial in the Aug. 18 edi­tion ti­tled “Guard­ing against an Elec­tro­mag­netic Pulse Strike” (page 38), I may be one of very few peo­ple in this coun­try who ac­tu­ally wor­ries about EMP. While your ed­i­to­rial did at least ad­dress the is­sue, the “pre­ven­tive mea­sures” of the last para­graph were thin reeds, at best. I sus­pect that a fo­cused shield­ing pro­gram is far down on util­i­ties’ pri­or­ity list, and I can’t see Congress get­ting be­hind a “ro­bust” anti-mis­sile sys­tem any time soon.

As dis­as­trous as a nu­clear ex­plo­sion in New York City would be, a mod­est Scud mis­sile fired off­shore and det­o­nat­ing 250 miles over Kansas would ef­fec­tively put an end to the U.S. as we know it. With vir­tu­ally all elec­tron­ics wiped out, it would be ev­ery man for him­self in terms of food, shel­ter, and civil be­hav­ior.

It’ll never hap­pen? I wouldn’t bet on it, and God help us if it does.

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