Sticks and Stones

In nuclear age, some people tend to think numbers don’t matter, because one nuke can send millions and more to the grave.  Nonetheless, I can’t help but wonder what if all the nukes go off but fail to kill the very last couple thousands of human beings, because the last few ones are resilient as cockroaches.  This shows that number does matter.  With enough number, even all the nukes go off, some human beings will be able to carry on with sticks and stones.  These people will live, but they will suffer a hell that they wish they had never been born.  Perhaps, Einstein can be wrong in some mathematical equations, but he might be dead right on people who live through the next great war will have to use sticks and stones for their regiments.

I’ve always had this thought in the back of my head, and it keeps on telling me that nuclear winter is coming.  We have witnessed atomic bombs went off in WWII in Japan, and the devastation of these bombs left behind was godlike destruction.  According to https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=1006041224270, a single modern nuclear bomb such as hydrogen bomb can be 1000 times more powerful than an atomic bomb.  With this picture of how powerful a hydrogen bomb may be, do we really want to test to see Einstein is right about sticks and stones?  Although I think there will be some lucky souls that might survive the successive nuclear bomb attacks — they might have underground bunkers and whatnot that can resist nuclear bomb attacks — but I doubt that we would know for sure who could win in the battle of number versus nuclear weapon.

In WWI, people were convinced that peace would prevail as the twentieth century was young.  I had heard some people mentioned how people back then believed modern trades and business links would bring peace and prevail over war.  Unfortunately, they were so wrong as WWI broke out in July 28th of 1914.  Nowadays, some people are believing that the world is so interconnected by modern communications, transportations, financial connections, trade links, and whatnot that WWIII would be impossible.  These people may want to refresh their memory of WWI, because history can sometimes be a great teacher.

In my opinion, it’s not a conspiracy theory to think that WWIII might happen.  It takes only one rouge state with many friends that starts the attack on another state with many friends to have a WWIII started.  In fact, it might just be about one state is winning an economic battle against another state, and the state that is losing in the economic warfare would begin to lash out with military prowess.  In today world, I’m pretty sure that two big powerful states that got friends may very well start a WWIII easily.  Perhaps, smaller states that are friends of the superpowers would push the superpowers into WWIII.  If a superpower fails to protect a smaller state or giving a smaller state a sense of security, I don’t think such a superpower would be able to recruit more friends into her alliance structure.  Sure, a WWIII may also start out with proxy wars in smaller states, but the fire of WWIII may eventually engulf the whole world.

We know wars such as WWI, WWII, and possible WWIII are wars that require traditional military structures.  By this I meant the battlefield will be littered with as many weapons and soldiers as possible.  Nonetheless, I think WWIII will also see nontraditional battlefields.  How come?  The future war is going to be a war of unrestricted warfare tactics and strategies.  From guerrilla tactics to massive force blitzkrieg, all is going to be carried out in WWIII.  Of course, all of that may not be even mattered if states with nuclear weapons decide to empty their nuclear arsenals as much and as fast as possible.

Knowing the truth of how ugly a future world war would be, why would humans even think about playing a zero sum game?  Perhaps, we are humans, but we still have some ape DNA strands within us still.  Only animals (e.g., ape, whale, bird, etc…) know the trap is around the corner and yet they still head right into it.  Let’s hope Einstein will be very wrong on how humans will resort to sticks and stones for regiments, because otherwise it would be insane.

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