I fear that war is looming and, with any war, the consequences and outcomes are unpredictable.
Before we get started, please understand my intentions here. This thread is not a political discussion. It is not a religious discussion, either. This is a disaster preparedness discussion.
It's not about the Jews or the Arabs. It's not about the Islamists or the Zionists. It's about the potential inevitability of conflict, the possible implications and reach of such conflict and your preparations for such an event.
Any comments that attempt to hijack this thread into a one-side-bad, one-side-good free-for-all will be deleted. WHY? Because it doesn't matter what you think. Whether or not the world falls into conflagration will not be decided by your efforts to control this board with your personal geo-political beliefs. We are all simple spectators to these events, yet these same events may have a high likelihood of touching you personally.
So, I want to know what you think. What is the likelihood of war? If war starts in the Middle East, what impact do you expect where you live? And finally, what steps are you taking now to prepare yourself, your family and your friends for these possible outcomes?
As background and as discussion points, here are a series of links for you to ponder from a wide variety of news sources. I considered putting them into some type of order for you but I don't want to prejudice your opinion. So, here they are, in no particular order:
I'll start this all off by telling you what I think:
War is coming. Soon, after years of bluster, Israel will attack Iran, with or without direct U.S. support. Iran will respond as if it was attacked by the U.S. Open borders within the U.S. and Europe have allowed the pre-placement of multitudes of counter-attack cells that are immediately activated. All commerce and interaction is halted as it literally becomes unsafe to travel, even across town, as fear grips nearly everyone. Eventually, the conflict is contained and fought out. Massive casualties throughout Israel and the Middle East. In time, the world steps back from the edge and martial law type restrictions are eased.
To survive through this timeframe, I am attempting to prepare the Ferguson household for some "togetherness". I'm not going crazy with the food storage stuff, but we certainly have enough to last us for a while should conflict break out without warning. If there is time to act at the beginning of hostilities, Mrs F and I will immediately raid Costco and CVS to build up a more significant surplus. I have a Berkey. I have a sidearm and extra ammunition. I do not currently have a generator but that is something I am working on. I keep some extra fiat around just in case and, obviously, I have some physical metal strategically placed for emergencies.
Again, please use this thread to discuss your personal interpretation/predictions of future events and then share with everyone how you are preparing for the eventualities you expect. And it would be foolish of me to not include a link here to the "Prep Store" side of Turdmart. If, after reading this thread and all of the comments, you feel compelled to do some shopping, you can begin your adventure here: https://www.tfmetalsreport.com/preparation-store
Thanks for reading and participating. I look forward to seeing your feedback.