By Nick Redfern
The Cold War is long gone, as is the Soviet Union. But, as numerous, post-9/11 events have demonstrated, the world is still a dangerous place. In fact, it’s very dangerous. And it’s getting even more and more dangerous by the day. In 2015, alone, we saw Chinese hackers infiltrate and steal files on millions of Americans. The Russians began to flex their muscles even more. There was talk of the military minions of Vladimir Putin placing new, atomic arsenals in the heart of Europe, something which – if it happens – may force us to do likewise, as a vital counter-measure. North Korea continued to be a big problem on the nuclear front, as did Iran. A Russian passenger-plane, en route to Egypt, was blasted out of the sky, killing everyone on-board. November 2015 saw a shocking terrorist attack in Paris, France, as well as threats against Brussels, Belgium. And on top of that, and also in the same month, the Turkish military shot down a Russian fighter-plane, something which provoked very worried words that a Russian-NATO confrontation might well be almost inevitable. Then, in December, a pair of terrorists went on a rampage in California.[ad name=”AdSense Responsive”]
As a result of all these combined and worrying issues, dark murmurings suggest that the threat of all-out, worldwide, atomic war – which subsided, to the relief of everyone, in the 1980s and 1990s – is about to rise, once again. This time, to stratospheric proportions, and maybe even beyond. The unthinkable may be just around the corner. We’re talking about World War Three and with no way back from the brink. The end of the world as we know it? Perhaps. But, let’s hope not.
Or, maybe, we’re talking about our own potential extermination becoming just the latest in a long line of Armageddon-style events; ones in which ancient civilizations and cultures were destroyed, and after which slow and torturous processes of recovery began. Is it possible that our civilization is, in reality, just the latest in a long line one of many? Did previous cultures blossom, develop and thrive, only to be destroyed by something akin to the very same atomic technology that now threatens our entire society today? Was that technology created and unleashed by hostile extraterrestrials, ones with very little care, regard, or thought for the poor inhabitants of planet Earth? Even more incredible, could some of that very same technology have been shared with certain ancient, elite humans? Might we, then, be talking about atomic confrontations involving aliens and humans?
Quite reasonably, the skeptic might say: where is the evidence? The answer is, for many, shockingly simple. For them, the evidence is everywhere. It’s a case of knowing where to look for it that really counts. But, how we interpret that same evidence is important too.
What we see is a dark and disturbing story that takes us into the distant past, into the worlds of forgotten lands, of unknown people, and of long-dead civilizations largely relegated to the domains of folklore and legend. Time and time again catastrophic events of an atomic nature may have decimated major portions of the planet, eradicating entire cultures, and killing people on scales we can scarcely begin to imagine or comprehend.
Atomic warfare in the past appears to have been very different than what we would likely see occur in our civilization today. God forbid it ever happens, but if a Third World War does erupt, in all likelihood it will quickly transform from localized confrontations – perhaps beginning on the border of South and North Korea, or in the disputed waters off the coast of China – to an all-out atomic exchange between the West, China, and Russia. In no more than mere hours, our civilization will be over and obliterated. Forever. There will be no going back. And there will hardly be any going forwards either. The planet, too, will suffer incredible damage, and particularly so to the eco-system and the atmosphere. Life will be grim for the few bands of survivors – and not just for decades. Maybe for centuries. We might even be talking about for millennia. In considerable contrast to all that, however, is a situation that may have occurred long ago.
Most, if not all, of the available data that points in the direction of atomic exchanges thousands of years ago suggests not worldwide wars, but localized confrontations – possibly involving the equivalents of what today are known as “tactical” atomic weapons. Of course, for the people directly caught up in the deadly attacks, the end result would have been the same as it might very well be for us, one day. The big difference, however, is that while the ancient wars may have caused major damage to both the Earth and its people, we’re not talking about worldwide, near-annihilation. “Localized destruction” would be a better term to use. And, a far more accurate one, too.
Let’s hope we learn from those who came before us and don’t repeat their terrible mistakes.
About the author:
Nick Redfern is the author of more than 30 books on UFOs, cryptozoology, and the world of the paranormal, including Bloodline of the Gods; Monster Files; Memoirs of a Monster Hunter; The Real Men in Black; The NASA Conspiracies; Keep Out!; The Pyramids and the Pentagon; Contactees; The World’s Weirdest Places; For Nobody’s Eyes Only; and Close Encounters of the Fatal Kind. He has appeared on more than 70 TV shows, including: Fox News; the BBC’s Out of This World; the SyFy Channel’s Proof Positive; the Space Channel’s Fields of Fear; the History Channel’s Monster Quest, America’s Book of Secrets, Ancient Aliens, and UFO Hunters; Science’s The Unexplained Files; the National Geographic Channel’s Paranatural; and MSNBC’s Countdown With Keith Olbermann. Originally from the UK, Nick lives near Dallas, Texas. He can be contacted at his blog: nickredfernfortean.blogspot.com.