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Want To Start World War Three? Here's How it's Done... Information Warfare

"The last truly scary film about nuclear war, a TV movie watched by 100 million terrified Americans called The Day After, dates back more than 30 years, to November 1983. By pure co-incidence, it appeared at almost the exact time NATO was conducting an exercise called Able Archer, so realistic that the Kremlin believed it to be the prelude to a first strike Western attack on the Soviet Union, and placed its own forces on top alert. Some experts still believe Able Archer provoked one of history’s closest brushes with nuclear holocaust. A couple of misread blips on a computer screen, at a moment when relations between the superpowers were at a nadir, and the worst might have happened."

source: Nuclear war is no longer the stuff of dystopian novellas – it's a very ...

Information Warfare

Amid transgender, transitional identity fluidity noise is the looming talk of existential threats of one kind or another. None of the other social programming efforts are as obvious and in need of rectifying as War Mongering. We have been terrorized for centuries. The transgender and transitional memes might make some of us culturally uncomfortable or not. Whatever the deal is or is not, (and some speculation makes a lot more sense than other speculation), the obvious problems all stem from the one (somewhat) overlooked monster. If we could allegorically slay the  governmental beast, all the other media promoted noise would be put in the proper context,  (please note I am not claiming such a thing easy to accomplish or even possible).

If we could wave a magic wand and turn off the media noise machine, we'd all be better off and Governments would be that much less effective with their marketing strategy world wide. Mass communication systems have always been controlled by the same international university trained fraternal and sorority orders of elite who just so happen to control all the important Governmental bodies and international financial institutions. These people possess magical powers like diplomatic immunity. 

If we expend all our effort wrestling with one hydra head or another, we are surely lost. The overall narrative and the direction it points to are more important than the individual noise. The transgender meme, for example, can only mobilize the public to a certain extent and in a certain manner. This transgender agenda is more of a long term one, despite the more recent media promotion. War and the overall belief in government is the real problem. War and the televised images of horror are used to terrify the public and even elected officials into believing in the need to do all sorts of unnecessary things. While we argue over this and that, the powers that be have long shepherded us all, public and governmental employee alike, through predetermined mazes. Social agenda items like the recent gender bender make more sense when placed in an overall context. Part of it is designed to distract of course,

This recent Hoax Busters Call is an example of a very thoughtful way of putting these various media memes into a proper context so we can see the bigger picture and the real social manipulation at work: http://hoaxbusterscall.blogspot.com/2017/04/hoax-busters-call-llloyd-pye-got-moose.html 

We need more of the free exchange of honest opinions and frank discussion. The News and related media promote an overly childish "you hurt my feelings" mentality that is used to get us to simply shut out what someone else has to say because it makes us feel a certain way. This is how the human nervous system is used against us, The wisdom of expressions like  "sticks and stones may break my bones, but names (words or ideas) can never hurt me." seems to have been forgotten. There's a difference between ideas and actual bullying. This seems lost on government and the media for obvious reason:  the real bullies are the governments and the real mental bullies are the propagandists in the news and related celebrtiry driven media.

The internet is the new medium that grew from the newsreel, print and prior verbal media of the past. Below is a screaming yellow jello journal headline from propaganda outfit "Huff Po":


Today's Huffington Post Headline Screams:


"With one miscalculation, by one startled pilot, at 400 miles an hour. And now that Russia is determined to destabilize the West, this scenario is keeping the military establishment up at night."


"Illustrations by Cam Floyd Animation by Pablo Espinosa"

This is how the next World War starts - The Huffington Post

Think they'll finally do the sequel to World War Two? (Fingers crossed!)

"Several times a week, a U.S. Air Force pilot takes off from the Royal Air Force base in Mildenhall, England, and heads for the northernmost edge of NATO territory to gather intelligence on Russia. One of these pilots is 40-year-old Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Webster, a veteran of many such expeditions and a hard guy to rattle. On a typical flight, his four-engine, silver and white RC-135 jet will rise gracefully over the old World War II bomber bases in East Anglia. It then flies over the North Sea and Denmark, taking care to remain within international airspace. When Webster reaches the Baltic Sea, the surveillance operation begins in earnest. Behind the cockpit, the fuselage of his plane is crammed with electronic equipment manned by some two dozen intelligence officers and analysts. They sit in swivel chairs, monitoring emissions, radar data and military communications harvested from below that appear on their computer screens or stream through their headphones. Inside the plane, it is chilly. The air smells faintly of jet fuel, rubber and warm wiring. The soft blue carpet helps absorb the distant thrum of the engines, and so it is also surprisingly quiet—at least until the Russians show up."

source: This is how the next World War starts - The Huffington Post

Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Webster is an information warfare specialist.

"Day 2 of the programme will host Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Webster, Commander from the 95th Reconnaissance Squadron of the USAF. Lieutenant Colonel Webster is responsible for European and Mediterranean reconnaissance, real-time intelligence, information warfare and combat support to national-level leadership and war-fighting commanders. He will discuss US and UK Airborne ISR Partnership, including a history of the RC-135 program, operations support and current operations."

Hear the Latest on Airborne ISR from United States Air ... - PRBuzz.com

Military simulation - Wikipedia


Who is David Wood?

He's the author of "THIS IS HOW THE NEXT WORLD WAR STARTS" of course.

and David Wood is a  Senior Military Correspondent, The Huffington Post:

"David Wood, the senior military correspondent for The Huffington Post, has more than 35 years of experience covering wars and the US military. He won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for a series on American troops severely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan."

David Wood (journalist) - Wikipedia


David Wood has to have a high level security clearance and he has to be a Military information agent or official Governmental propagandist himself. His editor need not have the security access he does. He will be "trusted" as an official authority.

This is what the resume of a war mongering propagandist looks like:

(Want to be a whole lot of this guy's work is actually fiction?)

"David Bowne Wood is a journalist who has reported on war and conflict around the world for 35 years. He won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, for a series on the American troops severely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. A birthright Quaker, Wood registered as a conscientious objector in 1963 and served two years of civilian service before becoming a journalist. 
A graduate of Temple University, Wood was a correspondent for Time magazine in Chicago, Boston and Nairobi, where he covered guerrilla wars across Africa from 1977 to 1980."

"As a reporter in Washington he has covered presidential campaigns and the State Department for The Washington Star and national security issues for The Los Angeles Times, Newhouse News Service, The Baltimore Sun and AOL's Politics Daily before moving to The Huffington Post in February 2011 where he has covered national security issues at the White House, Pentagon, CIA and State Department, and has reported on conflict from Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Central America."

"He accompanied U.S. military units in the field many times, both on domestic and overseas training maneuvers and in Desert Storm, the Persian Gulf tanker war, the interventions in Panama, Somalia and Haiti, peacekeeping missions in the Balkans and combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq."

"In five trips to Afghanistan since January 2002, he has lived and worked with the 10th Mountain and 101st Airborne Divisions, the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, the 82nd Airborne Division’s special troops battalion, the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry, in RC-East and with the 10th Mountain Division’s 1st Brigade in Kunduz, Faryab and Kandahar provinces."

"In his Huffington Post biography he says, "I have been scared much of my professional life." 
In 1992-1993, he spent a year with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, including three months of ground operations in Somalia. His account of that experience, A Sense of Values, was published by Andrews & McMeel in 1994. "

"He has appeared on CNN, C-SPAN, the PBS News Hour, NPR, WUSA and the BBC, and was a regular guest on MSNBC's Now With Alex Wagner. He has lectured at the U.S. Army Eisenhower Fellows Conference, the Marine Staff College, the Joint Forces Staff College and Temple University."

"In 2013, his piece titled "Defense Budget Faces Cuts To Personnel After Decade Of War," [8] about rising military personnel costs, caused a controversy and extended debate about whether military personnel and their families are justly compensated for their work."




Dr. Doolittle Raids The Pantry - Never Forget World War Two & The Need for a Sequel

"The toast was conducted in a “dome teacher,” a building that was built during World War II and designed for anti-aircraft gunnery training. A fitting location as Thatcher was the gunner aboard The Ruptured Duck during World War II.

“Squadron, I propose a toast to those lost on the mission and those who have passed away since,” said Lt. Col. Kevin Webster, 95th RS commander. “Thank you very much, and may they rest in peace.”

The toast was conducted in front of pictures of all six crews from the 95th BS and a sketch of the The Ruptured Duck signed by David Thatcher during the 69th Doolittle Raider Anniversary Reunion.

The 95th RS is part of the 55th Wing stationed at Offutt AFB, Nebraska. Thatcher signed the picture during a celebration held on the base as part of the 2011 reunion festivities.

The Doolittle attack consisted of 16 U.S. Army Air Force B-25B Mitchells medium range bombers that were launched from the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Hornet (CV-8). The 16 aircraft had to take off earlier than anticipated when a Japanese patrol boat spotted the carrier group. This resulted in the aircraft having inadequate fuel to reach their recovery bases."

95th Reconnaissance Squadron honors Doolittle Raider David ...

Doolittle Raid - Wikipedia


People Will Believe We Need To Nuke Russia

Of course with illustrations and animation and yellow journal tabloid headlines, we can trust the word of a Military intelligence agent and the obvious propaganda outfit "Huff Po". The scripted "song" remains the same. The News media with the Government, the talk shows (and celebrity shepherds)  can get the public on board with the idea of killing a bunch of people, it has happened many times before. Public relations actors are put forth as real Military figures and the press and public buy into it all without critical thought as conditioned. 

Mythic idolatry and icons exist to shepherd us along a merry go round maze of Pied Piper nonsense. War gets us to toil at the wheels of industry. War (or talk of war) reinforces the belief in government and border security, taxes, fees, fines and jail time.

Now we just continue to pay more and more taxes for it all. At least World Wars One and Two had War Bond interest as investment opportunity. War bonds us to wage slavery. A rate of return, even below the market value, is better than what we get now. We need none of it, of course. This is not what Freedom looks like, obviously.

Show-Business at War: Old School Information Warfare

This shows us the overall Pied Piper agenda and how it is still the same modus operand to this day. Hollywood is clearly one with Government at the highest levels and always was. Hollywood was built to be the propaganda machine it is. Wars are a Hollywood product. The images of war sold to us on screens are not as real as most of us think. The military might of the world is more focused on engineering culture and civilization than destroying it. Explosives are used to remove natural and even artificial obstacles to new cultural paradigms. The powers that be, as far back as the Holy Roman Empire, have been crafting culture and language for us.

Show-Business at War is a March of Time newsreel entry released in 1943. It is devoted to showing the many ways in which the entertainment industry was participating in the war effort. First and foremost, some people in showbiz enlisted, both behind-the-scenes players as well as big-name stars like Tyrone Power and Clark Gable.

Olympic Level, Governmental Actor, Bruce Jenner is a Gender Bending & Mind Altering Substance and WMD

The Government and Hollywood, the Military and the News and Talk Show media, all work together to promote new cultural memes and ideas in more powerful ways than ever before. More of us are so soaked in this media we do not see how fake it all really is. Actors like Bruce Jenner (he was in the Village People film) get hired to pull off what seem to be nothing more than obvious long term publicity stunts. The purpose is to introduce new cultural norms and to create various other divisions and logical fallacies to ponder. We are supposed to have our minds so twisted around and upside down we do not see the long con that has been going on.

"A war bond consists of debt securities issued by a government for the purpose of financing military operations during times of war. It is an emotional appeal to patriotic citizens to lend the government their money because these bonds offer a rate of return below the market rate."

War Bond Definition | Investopedia

"Middle English: from Anglo-Latin bondagium, from Middle English bond ‘serf’ (earlier ‘peasant, householder’), from Old Norse bóndi ‘tiller of the soil,’ based on búa ‘dwell’; influenced in sense by bond."

bondage - Online Etymology Dictionary


 Did You Say War is Coming?

 "World war 3 is coming... Although there has been no major combat between the great powers since the Second World War, there are three key fronts emerging that make the prospect of a third global conflict alarmingly conceivable"

"Time magazine – the original Cold War mouthpiece of the American establishment – trumpeted the start of Cold War II in 2014. Western powers have characterised Vladimir Putin’s incursions into Georgia in 2008 and lately Ukraine as aggressive expansionism. Evidently the irony of the US casting aspersions around violation of national sovereignty, in light of the folly of the Iraq war, seems to have been lost. The realist perspective – as articulated by John Mearsheimer in the pages of US foreign policy bible Foreign Affairs – is that the Ukrainian crisis was preceded by two decades of NATO expansionism up to the borders of Russia. This was in contravention of promises made to respect these boundaries at the end of the Cold War"

source: Independent: World war 3 is coming...

TIME Magazine Cold War II | Time.com

Could WWW III Be Coming Soon To A Computer Screen Theater of War?

I want to emphasize that this is all speculation. I am not trying to fear monger. I happen to think that the Nuclear threat is one meant to never actually come to a head. I think it is a fake threat meant to hang over all our heads indefinitely. But the truth is people believe in life on other planets, NASA claims and all sorts of other things without critical judgement. Most of us trust the News and Hollywood media. Most of us will believe what we are told by our trusted (imaginary) multimedia "friends".

If the news media and the governments of the world agree, Hollywood and the Military will show us terrifying images like those of 9/11/2001, the space shuttle and countless other disasters. Those of us who have woken up from the sheep might not remember how terrifying the News can be when you believe the images you are seeing. Most of us will do whatever we are asked to without blinking an eye and those of us who question it all could end up having our ideas drowned out for a long period of time. Crowd psychology is an old science long funded and controlled like all else, by the same powers that control all else. I am not trying to fear monger, but it seems to me reasonable to speculate that a World War Three would be a terrifying way to literally blow all the post 9/11/2001, Sandy Hook, Alex Jones, Boston Marathon, talk of fake news and questioning the mainstream narrative, away.

Laws could be passed to make it illegal to type something onto a screen for fear of Russian hacking. Just for the course of the War of course. Don't think this could happen? Look up the actual laws passed after all the "historical" events. During World War One radio was shut down and put under Naval control. Maybe the internet will be shut down too.  Maybe all amateur websites will be shut down for the course of the war like they did with radio. They control it all and they love to repeat themselves. No comment boxes and only official websites allowed. No talking back to the screens and sharing thoughts on social media for the course of the war. I would consider it if I were evil.

All the Government has to do is claim there was an incident, they can show moving pictures, photos or not. They can even claim a limited nuclear strike or even an exchange, after all everyone believes in Nuclear fallout and radiation on the scale shown in film and works of fiction. Most are convinced that huge rockets can rain death down on them and all they know the world can be easily destroyed many times over. Most of us kneel Donald ducked and cowering before the altar of Nuclear Doom. The News media and Hollywood will  act as the social shepherds as they were crafted to do and off everyone goes on another merry go round ride. 

We've all been prepared for another chapter to the World Wars Saga longer than we were waiting for more Star Wars films.

Think about it, Hollywood and television have been prepping us for years with all the World War Two based product.

It would be a great way to unite the Nation States against each other, with each becoming the virtual three eyed siamese cat nemesis for the other "side", while at the same time making the rest of us who are speaking sense sound even more insane to the average patriotic nationalistic demographically programmed celebrity worshipping mind.

War is how they get us to turn the Wheel of History.

This is a fact of history that we can demonstrate.

Greater and more powerful and lasting social change is the result of wars,  especially ones labelled World Wars.

We also know Hollywood loves to go to War and making sequels.

Hollywood and World War 2:  How The Cult of Hollywood Persona Works - This is a revealing video.

Hollywood and World War 2: "Reel to Real", an exhibit at the National World War II museum.

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"We the People" has no legal weight, and is simple marketing jargon. It is a slogan. So is "Everybody".


Here's the problem with President Trump and the rest of the Washington D.C. cast. Let's say most Americans logically distrust politicians. They do trust the News journalist they agree with and they trust the sacred and holy celebrity. The Star exists for this very social shepherding purpose. There's a reason why Obama gave actors like Tom Hanks and musical acts like Led Zeppelin, awards. The band the Grateful Dead really did have people follow them in gypsy Pied Piper fashion for years, if not decades, for example.

Real people really do get quite upset when they learn their favorite celebrity has died and people get emotionally attached to people they have never met. Human kind has been doing this for years and we have been conditioned and encouraged to behave in this manner.

Hollywood Propaganda Warning!

11/20/1983 The Day After intro and disclaimer ABC

The Internet as Social Media Feedback Experiment

Obviously this is all speculative but it seems to be the modus operandi of the social think tank engineering type minds to ultimately run society as one big social experiment and now with the internet and global communications connections does it not seem like we are all cellularly connected by way of social media grid into a feedback machine? The social engineers can now come up with ways to change and further alter world wide culture as they have traditionally done with feedback from all of us taken into account. 

The internet and social media is obviously a key medium for governmental power. It stands to reason that it would be used as the best census device in history.

What if they came out with the Earth Shattering Revelation that Russia Was Behind 9/11?

If the FBI and CIA agreed with the journalists and they agreed with the Government and then the Russians agreed too, it would be "Game Over", no? People would believe Russia funded the event of 9/11/2001 even if the Russians didn't agree, in fact people will believe whatever the noise machine screens tell them as long as the source is an official one they have been conditioned to trust.

The Day After 1983 - Trailer

Scripted and commissioned fiction used as a spring board for even more (scripted and fictional) fear based trauma propaganda. Below is the discussion that the officially sanctioned shepherds of reason had after everyone had watched the film the Day After.

This is a great example of the use of the false left/right paradigm. This was back when the News had to present "both sides", as if the choices even mattered. We are not supposed to think outside of very childlike and simplistic reasoned "boxes". Nor were we ever supposed to question the underlying claims of atomic devastation in the first place.

'The Day After' Nuclear War/Deterrence Discussion Panel - ABC News 'Viewpoint' (November 20 1983)

"We" Need A Sequel To World War Two!

All of this is meant to reinforce the belief in a need for governmental protection and intervention. We've been kept in a perpetual state of Atomic tension for some 70 years or so. That's a pretty long time. I wonder what will happen next.

The Able Archer Psyop

"The last truly scary film about nuclear war, a TV movie watched by 100 million terrified Americans called The Day After, dates back more than 30 years, to November 1983. By pure co-incidence, it appeared at almost the exact time NATO was conducting an exercise called Able Archer, so realistic that the Kremlin believed it to be the prelude to a first strike Western attack on the Soviet Union, and placed its own forces on top alert. Some experts still believe Able Archer provoked one of history’s closest brushes with nuclear holocaust. A couple of misread blips on a computer screen, at a moment when relations between the superpowers were at a nadir, and the worst might have happened."

source: Nuclear war is no longer the stuff of dystopian novellas – it's a very ...

"The 1983 exercise introduced several new elements not seen in previous years, including a new, unique format of coded communication, radio silences, and the participation of heads of government. This increase in realism, combined with deteriorating relations between the United States and the Soviet Union and the anticipated arrival of Pershing II nuclear missiles in Europe, led some members of the Soviet Politburo and military to believe that Able Archer 83 was a ruse of war, obscuring preparations for a genuine nuclear first strike.  In response, the Soviets readied their nuclear forces and placed air units in East Germany and Poland on alert.  The apparent threat of nuclear war ended with the conclusion of the exercise on November 11. "
"Some historians have since argued that Able Archer 83 was one of the times when the world has come closest to nuclear war since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. Others argue the only incident that brought the world closer to such a war was the Norwegian rocket incident of 1995."

Able Archer 83 - Wikipedia


"Psychological operations by the United States began in mid-February 1981 and continued intermittently until 1983. These included a series of clandestine naval operations that stealthily accessed waters near the Greenland-Iceland-United Kingdom gap, and the Barents, Norwegian, Black, and Baltic seas, demonstrating how close NATO ships could get to critical Soviet military bases. American bombers also flew directly towards Soviet airspace, peeling off at the last moment, sometimes several times per week. These near-penetrations were designed to test Soviet radar vulnerability as well as demonstrate US capabilities in a nuclear war."
"It really got to them," told Dr. William Schneider, [former] undersecretary of state for military assistance and technology, who saw classified "after-action reports" that indicated U.S. flight activity. "They didn't know what it all meant. A squadron would fly straight at Soviet airspace, and other radars would light up and units would go on alert. Then at the last minute the squadron would peel off and return home."
"In April, the United States Navy conducted FleetEx '83, the largest fleet exercise held to date in the North Pacific.  The conglomeration of approximately forty ships with 23,000 crewmembers and 300 aircraft was arguably the most powerful naval armada ever assembled. U.S. aircraft and ships attempted to provoke the Soviets into reacting, allowing the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence to study Soviet radar characteristics, aircraft capabilities, and tactical maneuvers. On April 4 at least six U.S. Navy aircraft flew over Zeleny Island, one of the Kurile Islands. In retaliation the Soviets ordered an overflight of the Aleutian Islands. The Soviet Union also issued a formal diplomatic note of protest, which accused the United States of repeated penetrations of Soviet airspace."

"On September 1, 1983, the Korean Air Lines Flight 007 (KAL 007) was shot down by a Soviet interceptor over the Sea of Japan near Moneron Island (just west of Sakhalin island) while flying over prohibited Soviet airspace. All 269 passengers and crew aboard were killed, including Congressman Larry McDonald, a sitting member of the United States House of Representatives from Georgia and President of the anti-communist John Birch Society. In conjunction with the extremely secretive PSYOPs against the Soviet Union, the attack brought relations between the two superpowers to a new public low."

"A scenario released by NATO details the hypothetical lead-up to the Able Archer exercise, which was used by the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington D.C. and the Ministry of Defence in London. Dr. Gregory Pedlow, a SHAPE historian explains the war game:
"The exercise scenario began with Orange (the hypothetical opponent) opening hostilities in all regions of ACE on 4 November (three days before the start of the exercise) and Blue (NATO) declaring a general alert. Orange initiated the use of chemical weapons on 6 November and by the end of that day had used such weapons throughout ACE. All of these events had taken place prior to the start of the exercise and were simply part of the written scenario. There had thus been three days of fighting and a deteriorating situation prior to the start of the exercise. This was desired because — as previously stated — the purpose of the exercise was to test procedures for transitioning from conventional to nuclear operations. As a result of Orange advance, its persistent use of chemical weapons, and its clear intentions to rapidly commit second echelon forces, SACEUR requested political guidance on the use of nuclear weapons early on Day 1 of the exercise (7 November 1983)..." 
"Thus, on November 7, 1983, as Soviet intelligence services were attempting to detect the early signs of a nuclear attack, NATO began to simulate one. The exercise, codenamed Able Archer, involved numerous NATO allies and simulated NATO's Command, Control, and Communications (C³) procedures during a nuclear war. Some Soviet leaders, because of the preceding world events and the exercise's particularly realistic nature, feared that the exercise was a cover for an actual attack.  A KGB telegram of February 17 described one likely scenario:"


Layers of Military War Simulation becomes layers of protective deception. None of it is as true as we are supposed to believe.

Psychological operations

Able Archer 83 - Wikipedia

The Day After - Wikipedia

The Man Who Saw Tomorrow - Wikipedia

The War of the Worlds (radio drama) - Wikipedia

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2010 A Space Odyssey: Forget Reason There Is No Time To Be Reasonable

2010 Trailer

"WE" will Nuke Them Or "THEY" will Nuke "US"

"On the Discovery, Chandra discovers the reason for HAL's malfunction: The National Security Council ordered HAL to conceal from Discovery's crew the fact that the mission was about the Monolith; this conflicted with HAL's basic programming of open, accurate processing of information, causing him to suffer the computer equivalent of a paranoid mental breakdown. Although the order bears his signature, Floyd is outraged that this was done without his knowledge.

On Earth, tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union escalate to a state of war. The Americans are instructed to leave the Leonov and move to the Discovery, with both crews ordered not to communicate with each other."

2010 (film) - Wikipedia

"NASA will pay Boeing up to $373.5 million for rides to fly up to five astronauts to the International Space Station aboard Russian Soyuz capsules, the U.S. space agency said on Tuesday."

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Please Note:

I am not trying to predict anything. I am just pointing out that they do have this particular canard (in their magical card deck) to play. The Nuke threat seems to be one predicated on eternal fear of an event that will never happen, but one never knows...

Sword of Damocles - Wikipedia