The folks arrested were plotting to blow up the Sears Tower.
If our enemy does get some sort of nuclear weapon, they will use it. I have written many pages on this blog about disaster preparedness. Just remember New Orleans.
Posess a firearm and know how to use it. It isn't too late to begin getting familiar with a weapon, how it is used and how to maintain it. That will be your closest friend when the going gets tough.
Keep some food and water in your basement or storage. Have an emergency plan ready to go, no matter if you are at work, home or wherever.
Well, no deeep thoughts for today, just a little preaching.
Lex Green over at ChicagoBoyz has a couple of interesting thoughts on the subject:
I used to work in the Sears Tower, and I still have friends over there. It is like the place has a big target on it. I can see the top of the Sears Tower from the entrance to my El station in the morning. I always think, if the bastards get a nuke, the smart thing to do is just bring it up to the Sky Deck on top of the Sears Tower. You get the effect of an air burst that way. Line of sight to my neighborhood. Minimum, it would set the roof of my house on fire, and if it was a decent sized nuke they'd incinerate the place, so they'd get my wife and kids.
I'm downtown so I'd be dead in the first milliseconds of the attack, or crushed as my building came down. I also think if they were really, really smart they'd do it in February. The housing of millions of people would be wrecked, and you'd probably lose as many people from exposure as you would to blast and fire. There would be dancing in the streets in Gaza again, plus lots of schadenfreude in lots of places -- most places, actually.
The worst thing is, I still think it is more likely than not that it will eventually happen. The odds of a nuke may be down a little. Depends if I am right that Iran is rational actor faking being nuts or not, and on some other factors. So, maybe no nuke. But a big OK City Style truck bomb in the Loop could do a lot of execution. Some kind of massive attack on Chicago is too tempting to these guys. It will eventually happen.
It is going to be a long war. We are still in the "Initial Period".
Live well, be prepared to meet your Maker, and enjoy each day.