Nuclear attack...would you want to know?

  1. I pose this question here because not everyone reads the war/terroism threads and I think I would get many more responses in the OT forum.
    My question is:

    If Iraq or anyone for that matter launched a nuclear missle our way, would you want to know? I would not.
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  2. 54 Comments

  3. by   Brownms46
    You know when I first read this my first thought was no! Then I thought about it, and decided...YES I would want to know.
  4. by   jnette
    Definately. No question about it.
  5. by   frannybee
    Yup. I'm a stickler for closure and given the choice, I'd want to be able to say I love you, I'm sorry, I miss you etc one last time. Then I'd say goodbye.
  6. by   Lausana
    Yep.
  7. by   RN2B2005
    NO!!

    I mean, at most, you'd have 20 minutes or so notice. What are you going to do? Run? Try to drive away? I'd rather die by being vaporized while sitting at my kitchen table eating my Wheaties than die by being trampled or run over by my fellow citizens. And even if a rogue nation like Iraq or (more realistically) North Korea were to successfully launch a nuclear missile, the odds of it reaching its intended target are not that great. So it might be that I'd die in the panic rather than in the actual bomb blast itself. How ironic would that be?

    I'll just sit here in my living room with my duct tape, plastic sheeting, disaster kit (including Homeland Security-endorsed smoke hood!), several cases of beer, enough vodka to drown myself in should the need arise, and my dog. Party, my place, zero hour.:roll
  8. by   frannybee
    I mean, at most, you'd have 20 minutes or so notice. What are you going to do? Run? Try to drive away? I'd rather die by being vaporized while sitting at my kitchen table eating my Wheaties than die by being trampled or run over by my fellow citizens. And even if a rogue nation like Iraq or (more realistically) North Korea were to successfully launch a nuclear missile, the odds of it reaching its intended target are not that great. So it might be that I'd die in the panic rather than in the actual bomb blast itself. How ironic would that be?
    I see your point, but I'm of the mindset that if an attack is launched, we are probably going to die. No point in trying to avoid it by running or duct taping plastic over the windows and vents. I'd rather say the things that need to be said and laugh later if it's all a silly mistake or they missed, than not know and be mid-rant or whining about something trivial when I die. JMHO.

    Edited to say that I am in the UK, so the distances are different. The distance between London and Baghdad is 2544 miles (4094 km), while Baghdad to NYC is 6009 miles (9670 km). From Korea to London is 5517 miles (8880 km) and to NY 6885 miles (11080 km). (I got these distances here.)
    Last edit by frannybee on Mar 15, '03
  9. by   CountrifiedRN
    Originally posted by RN2B2005
    NO!!

    Party, my place, zero hour.:roll
    I'll bring the tequilla!

    My answer is also no. It would also put me in a panic, and I probably wouldn't have time to call family, or go get the kids if they are in school so we would all be together. (they are in 3 different schools)

    I'd rather be completely uninformed.
  10. by   researchrabbit
    Nah. Work's 30 minutes away, there aren't even any basements here, the phone lines would be tied up...I'd be frantic to know how the kids were doing. And if they were at school, it would be total chaos and panic.

    20 minutes of absolute terror vs. daily grind...work's not THAT bad.

    And if I'm at home, well, then we're all together so it STILL doesn't matter.
  11. by   emily_mom
    Nope...nuke my azz. I agree with the chaos factor. Could you imagine being separated from your family and not being able to say goodbye? I'd rather not know...I'd hate to imagine Emily's fear.

    Thanks for giving me one more thing to worry about....
  12. by   cactus wren
    Being of the "older" generation, this thread brings back memories of early days in school. The duck, and cover your eyes drills, underneath your desk. Like that would have made a difference.... . Also remember a few early tv dramas about this...but was long ago and far away, so don`t remember the details.

    You younuns grew up in the end of the cold war, detente, and this is about the forst time world events have impacted your life.
    I not only remember when the Berlin Wall came down,but when it went up...for a perspective.

    So, in answer to posed question, I flat don`y know. And in all reality, we probably won`t be told, just like we aren`t told the details of why the warnings go from yellow to orange and vice versa.Some things the government keeps to itself, and that is how it should be..JMHO>
  13. by   RNonsense
    I think I would want to...I'd try to get my kids all together with me...
  14. by   night owl
    Originally posted by emily_mom

    Thanks for giving me one more thing to worry about....
    No problem! :chuckle

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