The Last World War – What happens when Iran get’s to fulfill their desire

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The Last World War - What happens when Iran get's to fulfill their desire

For years we have all been watch­ing the news about Iran and dis­agree­ments they have with a num­ber of gov­ern­ments around the world about their nuclear pro­gram. We have all seen the dis­cus­sions of sanc­tions, lift­ing sanc­tions, red lines, push­ing red lines, and even had our own inter­nal dis­agree­ments over what should be done about the aspi­ra­tions of their weapons (or peace­ful) program.

I have writ­ten exten­sively on this sub­ject in var­i­ous places as a sci­en­tist. Hav­ing a nuclear back­ground myself I find the dis­cus­sion inter­est­ing, if for no other rea­son than just how poorly nuclear “things” are understood.

A num­ber of years ago I started writ­ing fic­tion nov­els. It is some­thing I enjoy, and have met with some very hum­bling pos­i­tive reader feed­back. I do hope if you have read one that I can include you as a fan. It is truly an honor to have enter­tained people.

The point of this dis­cus­sion is that, like every­one else, I want to know what Iran wants to do with those weapons. That is assum­ing they get their hands on them. That caused me to read as much as I could of their offi­cial releases to see what their inten­tion was, and noth­ing pos­i­tive could be found.

Nations that want many nuclear weapons are defend­ing them­selves, a nation that wants four or five and has stated tar­gets in mind I take issue with.

I do not think the United States should be the world police, nor should we dic­tate to every­one. But this time they have some­thing in mind. That some­thing led me to write a fic­tion novel. The premise of The Last World War: Vol­ume 1 Trial By Fis­sion is my fic­tion­al­ized ver­sion of what hap­pens if Iran gets these weapons and does what they say they want to do. I hope you enjoy the read and we do apol­o­gize to the one reviewer who said we kept him up at night.

Below is an excerpt from that book which can be pur­chased on Ama­zon in paper­back and eBook for­mat. It can be pur­chased in paper­back or eBook for Kin­dle (which I will reduce to just a $0.99 down­load for the next few days).

An excerpt from The Last World War:

The news anchor kept talk­ing, fill­ing air­time no mat­ter what, “I want to remind every­one, that we still have no idea who is behind these acts. We don’t know much of any­thing yet, other than there have been two nuclear explo­sions in two United States cities, which his­tory will surely…please hold for a moment…”

She put her fin­ger to her ear, lis­ten­ing intently to her ear­piece, “Ladies and Gen­tle­men, we have our first video feed com­ing in from a heli­copter over the destruc­tion near Fort Worth. This is from a traf­fic heli­copter that had yet to take off when the device det­o­nated. Many of them that were in the air at the time were trag­i­cally downed when the det­o­na­tion hap­pened. This one had to be fueled then fly in from more than a hun­dred and fifty miles north­east. Ah, the pic­ture is com­ing…” her sen­tence ended abruptly as she turned to see the pic­ture on the screen behind her.

She was not the only per­son who would stop mid-​sentence upon first see­ing the images. The video of the scenes of destruc­tion would stop even the most pro­fes­sional of news­cast­ers all over the globe.

As far as the cam­era could focus the scene of the des­o­late land­scape was noth­ing but giant piles of rub­ble. Pieces of what once were multi-​story build­ings, auto­mo­biles, what might have been a high­way over­pass, maybe a school bus were all thrown together in mas­sive piles.

In the dis­tance some por­tions of build­ings could be seen remain­ing with some large miss­ing por­tions. A steel beam was stick­ing out of one of the remain­ing struc­tures giv­ing a smoke filled, charred reminder that the build­ings here were recently much taller.

A city was gone from the Earth. It was there, just this morn­ing. It was there, and now it wasn’t. It had been turned into a pile of waste. The land was still there, bits of junk were still there. None of what had been the well-​organized and con­structed build­ings stood in any use­able fashion.

The cam­era­man pulled back for a wide shot and the destruc­tion appeared to go on even fur­ther and wider than Frank had imag­ined pos­si­ble. It wasn’t com­pletely flat­tened out but looked to be some­thing akin to the sur­face of an aban­doned island in the Pacific, one of the ones that were used for test­ing of all kinds of weaponry dur­ing and after World War II.

Frank could not believe that what he was look­ing at had been a thriv­ing met­ro­pol­i­tan area just a few short hours ago. Being in the com­bat branches of the mil­i­tary he had seen destruc­tion from bombs, explo­sives, and mis­siles, but this was far beyond any of that. If you looked closely in the dis­tance you could see what appeared to be steel super­struc­tures of build­ings on fire. Given that this was a nuclear blast there should be no fuel left on the sur­face burn­ing, this had to be the metal itself that had got­ten so hot that it was pro­duc­ing a flame. It was too much for Frank to even wrap his mind around. That much heat, it just wasn’t pos­si­ble that this was really happening.

The heli­copter slowed. There was a sta­tic filled audio feed from the pilot. By now the audi­ence had put together from the some­what bro­ken trans­mis­sions from the heli­copter that on the images were from the edge, not at the cen­ter, of the dam­aged area. The fires in the dis­tance were too mas­sive and the pilot did not feel he could get closer with­out risk­ing his air­craft. They were attempt­ing to search for sur­vivors. The record­ing of dam­age could wait until they helped what peo­ple they could. So far they were search­ing, but not find­ing any­one left alive.

The pilot was sys­tem­at­i­cally search­ing the area. The cam­era panned down rather than point­ing in front of the flight path in order to increase their chances of find­ing some­one still mov­ing. The pilot was ask­ing for help of any­one watch­ing his feed to alert him if they saw some­thing he missed. On the audio feed the pilot could be heard pray­ing to him­self between offi­cial radio exchanges. He must have for­got­ten that he pushed the voice acti­vated trans­mis­sion but­ton. Who could blame him?

The heli­copter came upon what had recently been an ele­men­tary school. At least they came upon the rem­nants of a play­ground that indi­cated that is what this build­ing prob­a­bly used to be. It could have been a day­care cen­ter, but it was cer­tainly some­thing with chil­dren in mind. What remained of some of the chil­dren who had been on the play­ground could be seen lit­ter­ing the area. Their bod­ies had been turned to the color of black­ened fire­place ash. Some of the piles of ash still main­tained the shape of small humans who had fin­ished their lives in intense pain based on the posi­tions they had been in when they reached their final breath.

One small child who had been on the side of the build­ing and there­fore not “pro­tected” by its struc­ture was burned down to a pure white skele­ton. At this dis­cov­ery the cam­era oper­a­tor and pilot stopped speak­ing into the radio. Their flight slowly, almost sadly, changed direc­tion away from the blast cen­ter mov­ing fur­ther towards the out­skirts. The cam­era remained focused on the skele­tal remains of the once play­ful child as long as it could as the nation and world took note of the price of this attack had cost the inno­cent civil­ians of the United States.

All that was heard from the pilot after this sad dis­cov­ery was a very timidly voiced state­ment, “We are going to look fur­ther north for survivors.”

The news anchor came back into view as tears were streak­ing her makeup in silent emo­tions stains, “We have just received word from an over­seas col­league. We have no rea­son to doubt the valid­ity. There have been three nuclear explo­sions in Israel, our close friend and ally in that region. Our prayers go out to every­one in Fort Worth, Detroit and Israel. May God help Israel and God help the United States. We are at War. I hope humankind can sur­vive this madness.”

She got up and walked off cam­era cov­er­ing her face to hide the new stream of tears now flow­ing uncontrollably.

Frank closed the screen on the lap­top say­ing, “Let’s get that first aid review under­way. We have to get in there and help who­ever is left alive.”

For years we have all been watching the news about Iran and disagreements they have with a number of governments around the world about their nuclear program. We have all seen the discussions of sanctions, lifting sanctions, red lines, pushing red lines, and even had our own internal disagreements over what should be done about the aspirations of their weapons (or peaceful) program.

I have written extensively on this subject in various places as a scientist. Having a nuclear background myself I find the discussion interesting, if for no other reason than just how poorly nuclear “things” are understood.

A number of years ago I started writing fiction novels. It is something I enjoy, and have met with some very humbling positive reader feedback. I do hope if you have read one that I can include you as a fan. It is truly an honor to have entertained people.

The point of this discussion is that, like everyone else, I want to know what Iran wants to do with those weapons. That is assuming they get their hands on them. That caused me to read as much as I could of their official releases to see what their intention was, and nothing positive could be found.

Nations that want many nuclear weapons are defending themselves, a nation that wants four or five and has stated targets in mind I take issue with.

I do not think the United States should be the world police, nor should we dictate to everyone. But this time they have something in mind. That something led me to write a fiction novel. The premise of The Last World War: Volume 1 Trial By Fission is my fictionalized version of what happens if Iran gets these weapons and does what they say they want to do. I hope you enjoy the read and we do apologize to the one reviewer who said we kept him up at night.

Below is an excerpt from that book which can be purchased on Amazon in paperback and eBook format. It can be purchased in paperback or eBook for Kindle (which I will reduce to just a $0.99 download for the next few days).

 

An excerpt from The Last World War:

 

The news anchor kept talking, filling airtime no matter what, “I want to remind everyone, that we still have no idea who is behind these acts. We don’t know much of anything yet, other than there have been two nuclear explosions in two United States cities, which history will surely…please hold for a moment…”

She put her finger to her ear, listening intently to her earpiece, “Ladies and Gentlemen, we have our first video feed coming in from a helicopter over the destruction near Fort Worth. This is from a traffic helicopter that had yet to take off when the device detonated. Many of them that were in the air at the time were tragically downed when the detonation happened. This one had to be fueled then fly in from more than a hundred and fifty miles northeast. Ah, the picture is coming…” her sentence ended abruptly as she turned to see the picture on the screen behind her.

She was not the only person who would stop mid-sentence upon first seeing the images. The video of the scenes of destruction would stop even the most professional of newscasters all over the globe.

As far as the camera could focus the scene of the desolate landscape was nothing but giant piles of rubble. Pieces of what once were multi-story buildings, automobiles, what might have been a highway overpass, maybe a school bus were all thrown together in massive piles.

In the distance some portions of buildings could be seen remaining with some large missing portions. A steel beam was sticking out of one of the remaining structures giving a smoke filled, charred reminder that the buildings here were recently much taller.

A city was gone from the Earth. It was there, just this morning. It was there, and now it wasn’t. It had been turned into a pile of waste. The land was still there, bits of junk were still there. None of what had been the well-organized and constructed buildings stood in any useable fashion.

The cameraman pulled back for a wide shot and the destruction appeared to go on even further and wider than Frank had imagined possible. It wasn’t completely flattened out but looked to be something akin to the surface of an abandoned island in the Pacific, one of the ones that were used for testing of all kinds of weaponry during and after World War II.

Frank could not believe that what he was looking at had been a thriving metropolitan area just a few short hours ago. Being in the combat branches of the military he had seen destruction from bombs, explosives, and missiles, but this was far beyond any of that. If you looked closely in the distance you could see what appeared to be steel superstructures of buildings on fire. Given that this was a nuclear blast there should be no fuel left on the surface burning, this had to be the metal itself that had gotten so hot that it was producing a flame. It was too much for Frank to even wrap his mind around. That much heat, it just wasn’t possible that this was really happening.

The helicopter slowed. There was a static filled audio feed from the pilot. By now the audience had put together from the somewhat broken transmissions from the helicopter that on the images were from the edge, not at the center, of the damaged area. The fires in the distance were too massive and the pilot did not feel he could get closer without risking his aircraft. They were attempting to search for survivors. The recording of damage could wait until they helped what people they could. So far they were searching, but not finding anyone left alive.

The pilot was systematically searching the area. The camera panned down rather than pointing in front of the flight path in order to increase their chances of finding someone still moving. The pilot was asking for help of anyone watching his feed to alert him if they saw something he missed. On the audio feed the pilot could be heard praying to himself between official radio exchanges. He must have forgotten that he pushed the voice activated transmission button. Who could blame him?

The helicopter came upon what had recently been an elementary school. At least they came upon the remnants of a playground that indicated that is what this building probably used to be. It could have been a daycare center, but it was certainly something with children in mind. What remained of some of the children who had been on the playground could be seen littering the area. Their bodies had been turned to the color of blackened fireplace ash. Some of the piles of ash still maintained the shape of small humans who had finished their lives in intense pain based on the positions they had been in when they reached their final breath.

One small child who had been on the side of the building and therefore not “protected” by its structure was burned down to a pure white skeleton. At this discovery the camera operator and pilot stopped speaking into the radio. Their flight slowly, almost sadly, changed direction away from the blast center moving further towards the outskirts. The camera remained focused on the skeletal remains of the once playful child as long as it could as the nation and world took note of the price of this attack had cost the innocent civilians of the United States.

All that was heard from the pilot after this sad discovery was a very timidly voiced statement, “We are going to look further north for survivors.”

The news anchor came back into view as tears were streaking her makeup in silent emotions stains, “We have just received word from an overseas colleague. We have no reason to doubt the validity. There have been three nuclear explosions in Israel, our close friend and ally in that region. Our prayers go out to everyone in Fort Worth, Detroit and Israel. May God help Israel and God help the United States. We are at War. I hope humankind can survive this madness.”

She got up and walked off camera covering her face to hide the new stream of tears now flowing uncontrollably.

Frank closed the screen on the laptop saying, “Let’s get that first aid review underway. We have to get in there and help whoever is left alive.”