Originally Posted: 11 June 2013
The world is so full of simpletons and madmen, that one need not seek them in a madhouse. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
It will never be remembered how or why the misunderstanding between two sovereign nations escalated, as they so often do, into a larger global conflict. Strikes and counter-strikes between the two eventually gave way to an errant grid coordinate entered into the ballistic computer. The result was that a third nation was brought into the quarrel that retaliated in kind. Before long, almost every nation that had offensive capabilities was involved in the madness. The complete destruction of human society, as we know it, was accomplished in little more than eighteen hours.
The impacts from the missiles on the soil and built-up areas and the vaporization of flora and fauna caught in the explosions threw millions of tons of particles of dust and debris into the air. The wind currents carried the giant clouds over the areas of the earth that weren’t involved in the war. Within hours, most of the earth was enveloped in a darkness that the sun couldn’t penetrate and the temperatures plummeted rapidly.
Then it began to rain and poison fell from the sky over the surface of the earth.