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.