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Friendly Fire
By Ed Matlack
Monday, June 06, 2005

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There is no fire that is friendly...

……………………..Friendly Fire……………………


Sirens wail in the distance as closer ones take up the harmony. No one understands, is it a tornado, a hurricane, or are they heralding something in particular? The ground rumbles and there is a deafening roar drowning out the sirens. Now we know, it’s an earthquake alarm, but how did they know it was coming? The evening sky in the north and west together light up as if the sun did explode. Better we would be if it did as a fall of snow does drop from the clouds. What does all this mean, who can say, who would know, when will we find out what’s happening?


All too soon, the stench of death on the wind comes calling. New York City, Philadelphia & Washington DC are leveled. No longer do tall buildings rise above the clouds in New York, the Liberty Bell & Independence hall no longer exist in Philadelphia, and worst of all, our center of American Government has been wiped off the map. The President and all the fine buildings and monuments no longer exist.

Do we know what force accomplished this tragedy, this travesty of morality and what we know to be our past and future.


But no longer do we have a future, as the snow is radioactive, after each city did experience several of both ground and air bursts. Nuclear fall- out, a slow and agonizing way to die, will bring civilization in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and Maryland all to their respective ends. No more football, nor baseball, nor even beach fun at the shore. The air is a putrid pink and red, the color of blood, the color of death. A ten thousand year half-life for the nuclear matter from twenty missiles of destruction.


Was it the Russians, or the Chinese or even of late the North Koreans have become a nuclear power, could it have been them? Could the terrorists that destroyed the Twin Towers in New York City be responsible for this attack? Surely in the future we will know, surely we will retaliate for this unprovoked attack on our homeland…?


No retaliation will be forthcoming. All the countries mentioned have already offered their help, both financially and physically. They as well as the rest of the countries of the world are willing to do whatever it takes to assist us in our time of need.


For the bombing that took out these three cities of the east coast of the United States came from “friendly fire”. Yes, these missiles did not cross

any seas, they came directly from our own arsenal. Someone, it matters not whom now, pushed the wrong button, or threw the wrong switch and there was no way to recall this cataclysm. For they as well as the rest died when their own arsenal fired into the sky and/or exploded in their silos. The end of the Northeastern section of the United States came from a mistake, one so terrible that no one ever suspected it to occur.


That mistake being our own stockpiling of nuclear weapons,

                   Could it happen? You decide…

                             © ed ~ 6/7/05


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Reviewed by Tom Hyland 1/21/2009
ED - shades of DR. STRANGELOVE!

Even if the stockpile was dismantled, one by one -
what would we do with that scary nuclear STUFF?

Reviewed by Barry Yelton 3/20/2008
Scary thought. The modern world is fraught with danger, from within as well as from without.
Reviewed by Walt Hardester 8/25/2007
Recalling a movie called "Fail Safe"
in which a piece of paper that got stuck in a teletype machine caused the nuclear anniliation of both Moscow and New York.
Yes it could happen.

Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot 7/18/2007
Oh yes this sceanario could easily be our fate....

If it weren't for the Winged Officers of the Most High, standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the winds of strife, MEH!
Grace n Peace be with you.
Ch'erie xxxxx
Reviewed by mz kimi 3/25/2007
really good, thanks for the that!
Reviewed by Franz Kessler 4/12/2006
Interesting write, Ed. Those things might happen - although in general a lot of bad 'psychologic' energy seems to be required to kick-off disaster for mankind. Take care & happy Easter! I visited NJ (Secaucus) 4 days ago
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 3/25/2006
A well written piece of true possibilities. This needs to be removed from all countries.
Reviewed by Robin Labenberg 11/13/2005
VERY well written and scarey as hell...We all can be our own undoing..
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 9/27/2005
well done
Reviewed by Huda Orfali 6/10/2005
A very powerful story.
True, stockpiling the nukes is also a great danger whether those demolished cities were foreign or our own.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 6/8/2005
Could it happen? You decide…

Although I don't think it will happen the way you describe in this powerful story, I truly think that it will happen; and probably sooner than many want to think about.
Reviewed by April Smith 6/7/2005
Very scary to contemplate. Thanks for sharing, April
Reviewed by Sandra Mushi 6/7/2005
Oh My!!! Is it the end of the world already?

God bless,

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 6/7/2005
yikes! chilling but very effective write; very well done, ed! bravo!!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :(
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 6/7/2005
Very scary and nightmarish thought I must say!!

Be safe Ed & RUFUZ!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 6/7/2005
And Chicken Little said, "The sky is falling, the sky is falling, the sky . . ."
Reviewed by Roger Ochs 6/7/2005
A good take on the "doomsday" scenario. Compact and pithy.

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