Here is Part 2 of my vision of the future. It will basically pick up where Justin left off. Since we have not decided whether the terrorist attack is
successful or not, I will sort of leave that entire part of the story blank and leave it for Justin to fill in later, since he has a better grasp on
how things will go down. I personally have no idea what a response to a successful or unsuccessful nuclear 9/11 would be, nor do I have much grasp on
how military plans would be maneuvered. My hope is Justin will take care of that. Regardless of whether the bomb goes off or not, I will assume the
preceeding events will still occur.
Here we go with Part 2:
June 5, 2009: As if there was not enough strife in the world, 24 U.N. peacekeepers are ambushed in Darfur and killed. World outrage is intense, but
the story is overwhelmed in the media due to the security situation in the United States.
June 6, 2009: The violence in Sudan has now reached a fever pitch, as four Blackwater employees are killed, along with four State Department
personnel, as well as five Marines in an ambush in Khartoum. Both the public as well as the U.N. begin to question whether MULTITAF was truly
successful in its mission of providing a safe, secure environment for UNMIS to take place.
June 8, 2009: Angelina Jolie is killed while visiting a village in Darfur with an MTV camera crew when Janjaweed guerrillas attack the village. The
attack in caught on MTV's cameras, but the footage is never revealed to the public.
June 9, 2009: Unable to simply ignore the hellish situation in Sudan any longer, Obama allows AFRICOM to authorize a mission to pacify the sections of
Khartoum under the control of the local guerrillas and warlords. The operation, led by U.S. Marines, commences on June 12 and is largely unsuccessful
in restoring security to the capital city.
June - August, 2009: UNMIS II spends the summer teetering on the brink of success or failure many times over. The violence does not seem to be
decreasing and both the White House and Pentagon are concerned U.S. forces in Sudan are running out of ideas and steam. However, the larger scope of
the War on Terror and the situation with Iran makes any withdrawal from Africa perilous.
July, 2009: Historians and sociologists will later note that rates of alcoholism, drug abuse, crime, and incest peak during this time, due to the
psychological effects of the terrorist attack and the recession.
July 2, 2009: A major benefit concert set up Bob Gedolf and Bono begins. The concert is aimed at raising a large amount of aid money for Sudan.
Security for the concert is at an incredible high and attendence is unusually high in the U.S. in spite of the security situation and the expensive
tickets. The concert pays tribute to Angelina Jolie and all the civilian deaths in Sudan.
August 22, 2009: With the situation in Sudan in doubt, commanders on the ground in Africa request special operations forces in order to conduct
small-scale offensive operations against individual warlords and the multitude of subnational factions. An independent news source in Sudan interviews
various members of MULTITAF and reactions to the deployment are mixed. The protracted low-intensity conflict, coupled with the witnessing of
horrifying atrocities, as well as terrorism, have taken a heavy toll on the peacekeepers.
August 24, 2009: The special operations package, named Task Force Serpent, lands in Sudan.
Late August - Early September 2009: Children return to school, many go off to college, but the general national attitude is on the downside. Many
sense impending doom, but quite cannot get their finger on what it is. The regional war with Iran, which was expected for nearly three months, has not
materialized. Families become very regressed into their own worlds in hopes that will keep them safe from an outside world that has fallen apart.
During this time, the U.S., the U.K., and Israel will have formulated a way to convince the world that Iran has complicity in the terrorist attack and
is a threat to world peace. Sometime during this stretch of time, plans for war with Iran have been activated and U.S. forces begin positioning
themselves for a massive air and naval campaign, followed by a police action-style ground assault on Iran. Justin will elaborate on how this will
actually play out.
During meetings with his National Security Council, Obama will contemplate either a blockade, an air strike and blockade, or a full assault on Iran. A
full assault is estimated to result in 50,000 American casualties, plus the employment of biological and chemical weapons against Coalition forces.
Monday, September 14, 2009: Various sources begin to report that a large amount of U.S. aircraft and naval ships have come within striking distance of
Iran. The White House refuses to comment on any military positioning, but unnamed sources in D.C. indicate that the U.S. is just days away from a
major assault on Iran. Later that day, the U.S. Secretary of State arrives at the U.N. and requests approval of a resolution to authorize the use of
force if the government of Iran does not surrender to the will of the U.N. resolutions. Russia and China, particularly, China, vehemently object.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009: China releases satellite photographs which reveal a substantial amount of U.S., U.K., and Israeli firepower in the Gulf
region, primed for action. At the U.N., China notes how U.S. ships have positioned themselves as if conducting a blockade. The photos show an
Expeditionary Brigade-sized amphibious force, a carrier strike group in the Persian Gulf, one near the Strait of Hormuz, one in the Arabian Sea, plus
an additional strike group supporting AFRICOM operations in the Red Sea. Citing this evidence, China states that it will come to the aid of Iran if
necessary. The stock market subsequently plunges as fears of World War III spike in the public sphere.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009: China makes it stick. In an unprecedented display of non-U.S. power projection unseen since the days of the USSR, China
places several airborne units on alert and prepares an airlift to transport them to the Middle East. An airborne command post begins flying west, and
several air force units are placed on alert. Unconfirmed reports indicate that at least a single airborne unit and several transport planes have
arrived in western Kazakhstan, with the approval of the Kazakh government. The U.S. military is placed on DEFCON 4.
Throughout the U.S. fears of an impending world war creates a bum rush for the gas stations, supermarkets, department stores, etc. Many supermarkets
experience shortages of goods and products. Some parents choose to hold their children from school for safety reasons and because "there is no
Thursday, September 17, 2009: Fear and panic continues to build not just in the U.S., but throughout the world. People attempt to carry on with their
daily lives, but many find it incredibly difficult to do so; they have not faced anything close to this in over 20 years. A CBS News poll reveals that
support for action against Iran is split nearly in half.
Eschatology (End Times) experiences a surge in popularity, particularly among the evangelical Christian community, who are convinced that the events
of the past two years indicate the End of the World is nigh. Many ministers publically call for Americans to repent, while others publically blame
homosexuality, feminism, and whatever else they can think of for the End of the World.
2130 EST, Thursday, September 17, 2009: The U.S. National Security Advisor reveals to the president his/her preference to face China down and continue
with the planned action against Iran. Israel reminds the U.S. it plans to carry out military actions against Iran with or without U.S. and U.N.
0700 EST, Friday, September 18, 2009: President Obama chooses to press on to maintain the current course, in hopes cooler heads will prevail. In a
press conference, he announces his intentions and reminds the world he will not be deterred.
2030 EST, Friday, September 18, 2009: The People's Liberation Army asserts it is prepared to assist Iran should it come under attack. The PLA also
states it will respond with a "full retaliation" should Chinese forces come under attack.
2035 EST, Friday, September 18, 2009: Satellite intelligence reveals increased activity among Chinese strategic forces. Analysts believe that China is
seriously considering a nuclear strike against the U.S. should a major clash occur between U.S. and Chinese forces.
2100 EST, Friday, September 18, 2009: Obama is informed of China's nuclear capability. The conclusion reached among members of the National Security
Council is that China would utilize its nuclear arsenal in the event its forces were defeated by the U.S.
2200 EST, Friday, September 18, 2009: Although no official announcement was ever made, Fox News shocks the nation when it becomes the first to inform
America of an imminent nuclear strike. The "presses are stopped" and within half an hour, every news channel becomes a mix of analysts' comments
and live coverage from correspondents across the country, creating a disturbing impact. Discussion begins with the threat presented by China, then
moves to what many believe is the inability of the U.S. to handle a major nuclear attack by another strategic power, drawing upon the experiences of
9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the near-chaos that erupted during the terrorist attack in May.
Not long after the news breaks, there are reports of looting in Hollywood. By midnight, hospitals, gas stations, and supermarkets across America are
Just like what Justin faced, the T&Cs don't allow me to go past 10,000 characters, so I'll have to continue Part 2 with a Part B. Feel free to
comment on what I have so far
[edit on 8-5-2008 by sweatmonicaIdo]