Thanks for taking the time to reply, and I do understand the natural disaster point. Oddly, we did actually have an official from every regional area of the UK tasked as the emergency planning officer, who liaised with CB groups, hams, St. John ambulance and the Red Cross, plus marine groups to offer emergency services for natural disasters, and they did get used, but this person’s status was reduced drastically from the Berlin Wall removal. Councils now have this job still on the books, but staffed by recent graduates at just over McDonalds pay levels, often a shared role. If we have real disasters, it will go badly wrong and the links to volunteer groups have largely gone, and are untested. When the US were stationing weapons all over the UK we had big very loony ( in my opinion) groups opposed to it, but now these bases are closed, even these groups have virtually shut up shop. Nobody under 25 has ever heard of them. Maybe it is the size of the US that makes these things more vital, but I take the emergency point you made and see how that fits in.
I suppose, jokes out of the way, I wonder why the massive threat of the time up to the Berlin Wall collapse hasn’t reduced concern. I accept that the world would make the detonation of a bomb by radicals possible, but the delivery systems mean it’s world powers of super size who are the only real threat to all of us. People who live in very sparsely populated areas were not targets anyway, unless near one of the ‘problems’ like armed forces bases and the nuke sites. The radicals wouldn’t focus on those areas anyway, and if you live in a city, you seem to also be the kind of person who doesn’t dig holes and build up arsenals of weapons.
What we outsiders see is a powerful country with a lot of people upset about the way the world is, including their own government. You have laws allowing one person to own more weaponry than the county I live in has! We see the crazy ones use it too, then we see others so worried about war doing their stuff. I keep trying to think how we would feel if our country had these thinks and I can’t. I see a country scared of war but quite keen to protect themselves from one by making other people think they wan5 to start one?
That is an outsiders viewpoint based on what I see and read. Of course I have no way to know how common these views are, or what an ordinary American even is now. One of my ex-students and good friend lives in California. Over ten years he has changed, drastically. He now thinks differently.
I don’t want to annoy anyone, so I’ll not comment any more on this kind of stuff because I don’t want to annoy you folk, but now it’s spreading to two-way radio and their customers are buying EMP proof gear, that really worries me. It’s good for sales of course, so they’re giving customers what they are asking for so I don’t blame them, but the people buying the stuff concern me. If people have a genuine concern that makes them buy products for the doomsday scenarios, with nukes flying everywhere, something is wrong. Should us Brits worry about what is going on in our USAF bases. Nobody does at the moment. You guys on here I think are level headed and normal, whatever that means, but if you do see nuclear issues as likely and possible, and are not nutters, then us outsiders have missed the signs and signals you have used to form your opinions. Probably just a cultural thing so we can’t really ever understand each other. Keep safe folks. I’ll leave it now.