Skip to comments."Alas Babylon" codeword finally to be used?
Posted on 09/03/2013 7:36:37 PM PDT by Deathtomarxists
Vanity: a very long time ago a man wrote a book titled "Alas Babylon". Although it was written long ago and in a much different time, it is revealing much to us during the current crisis. It told the story of a nuclear war that started in Syria, due to a US fighter accidently attacking a Russian military base. In the story, the two main characters used the words "alas babylon" as code for the last day. Is Babylon about to fall within the space of half an hour? Is that last day upon us?
Many authors, both of novels and screen, have had the ability to foresee the future, such as Jules Verne, the book about the Titan(ic), and xfiles spinoff the Lone Gunman (9-11). Will Alas Babylon be added to that list.
For your consideration. :-)
What’s the chances the Saudiis are calling the shots?
I think Matt Bracken is also covering that title quite well.
Saudis have been calling the shots since the First Gulf War.
tonight i am reminded of the softly spoken words at the introduction of the Lord of the Rings by
“...The Ring passed to Isildur, who had this one chance to destroy evil forever, but the hearts of men are easily corrupted. And the ring of power has a will of its own. It betrayed Isildur, to his death. And some things that should not have been forgotten were lost. History became legend. Legend became myth. And for two and a half thousand years, the ring passed out of all knowledge. Until, when chance came, the ring ensnared a new bearer. The ring came to the creature Gollum, who took it deep into the tunnels under the Misty Mountains, and there it consumed him. The ring gave to Gollum unnatural long life. For five hundred years it poisoned his mind; and in the gloom of Gollum’s cave, it waited. Darkness crept back into the forests of the world. Rumor grew of a shadow in the East, whispers of a nameless fear, and the Ring of Power perceived. Its time had now come...”
I remember reading that book
Hey....this isn’t the Sunday talk show thread.......
perhaps dear leader is indeed a member of the muslim brotherhood. And, perhaps, saudi arabia’s Prince Bandar is the antichrist - utilizing dear leader as his false prophet. If so, he is doing is job well, ushering in chaos so the false prince of peace can secure safety for us all. And I would assume that for their plan to work the U.S. must, for the most part, be a non-functioning, non-interfering entity. The only sure way to do that is through a limited nuclear conflict. If so, kudos to the false prophet for playing his part so well. And shame upon those who fell under his hypnotic voice.
interesting sketch. I’m not sure most people realize how quickly this event could escalate. They are buried in their bread and circuses lifestyles. It is my understanding that the Russians have violated the various nuclear treaties, and have continued to develop new and more reliable warheads and icbms while we have not. So our failure rate will be high, theirs will not. Interestingly enough, my family has devised a codeword and evacauation plan with a final destination point in-country in a remote area friendly to us. Just hope we have time to get there.
Anyone who assumes that the Russians, Chinese, French, Pakistanis, Indians, Israelis and British will live up to any kind of nuclear treaties shouldn’t be trusted with a key to the washroom, much less the nuclear codes.
You might really want to ask what are the chances that they will stop. Looking at Bush’s history, the clintoons, and now the little barry bastard boy doing their bidding, I’m wonder if they will ever stop?
I’d say 100%.
Because of that book my best friend and I have a code word that we text each other when we need to call each other immediately. We simply text “Omaha” and the one receiving the text drops everything and calls.
My all-time favorite book growing up. Randy Bragg had quite a comfortable setup. Before the war I mean.
Odd. We use “DETROIT!!!”
Coincidentally, I just finished reading Alas Babylon for about the 6th time. Was just a teen for the first reading. Especially important because we lived in Central Florida where there was survival. Anyone who believes in preparedness should immediately get the book and read it. Very compelling and waaay ahead of its time.
This sketch bears a similarity to a war comic I had in the late 50s which dealt with fighting a nuclear war. This is from that period as there is no modern skyline and the bombs are clearly Hiroshima sized A bombs. In the comic a similar image showed lower Manhattan with a huge crater below 14 street extending almost to Canal Street and river to river. Hadn’t thought about that comic for 55 years till I saw your sketch.Scared the hell out of me then and now.
the fictional town is Mount Dora FL
Great quote, apt for the Dystopian Regime.
Wars and rumors of wars...
I know —@ Ft. Repose. We live less than 40 minutes from there west central small town.
Beat me to it!
Also read it when young. Unlike most books I read back then, I still remember it. Indicates a powerful story.
Possibly, though "more effective nukes" is basically an oxymoron.
Nukes are so incredibly powerful that a doubling in efficiency is basically irrelevant.
While our arsenal may not be as reliable as the Russkies, something I doubt considering the efficiency of their societies in other ways, it is more than sufficiently reliable to ensure MADD.
Pretty good, I would say...
Hey, me too! Read it when I was about 15 and never forgot it. Even remembered the author, Pat Frank. Reread it a couple of months ago. A little dated, but still relevant with good information and a good story.
Well I’ve been saying so for years!
I loved this book. The setting was the Orlando area where I live, as well, so it was interesting (scary?) to read this with all the familiarity.
I didn’t remember what caused the bombing so I think I should go back and read it again!
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