At Pearl Harbor, first attack siren test in decades raises “goose bumps”, concerns


Hawaii News Digest, 02 December 2017, 0345 UTC, Post #16061.

Source:

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/12/01/breaking-news/hawaii-to-hear-attack-siren-test-for-first-time-in-decades/

Reporter:  William Cole (“Honolulu Star-Advertiser”).

Accessed on 02 December 2017, 0345, UTC.

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Comment:

In a grim deja-vu moment from the “Cold War” days of the 1980s, Hawaii residents and visitors heard an attack siren on Friday, 01 December 2017, that hasn’t been sounded in over 30 years.

The wavering, one-minute attack warning signal was used to alert the public to a possible North Korean ballistic missile attack.  Recent North Korean missile tests have confirmed that the xenophobic regime has the ability to launch an ICBM that can reach most of the United States, including Hawaii, Alaska, and Guam.

Louisiana visitors Mellisa and Ron Henderson decided to vacation in Hawaii despite the threat presented by North Korea:

“I actually got a breaking-news alert from CNN” two days before leaving for Hawaii…I was very concerned and even second-guessing whether or not we should still come in light of what I read.”

“I guess (that’s) the state of the world that we’re in today,”  adding, “It was just very frightening, on one hand, the fact that we have come to the point to where we have to actually test sirens in light of the threat of nuclear war. But on the other hand it is good that we are being proactive as a country in doing something to protect ourselves.”

Opinion:

Welcome to the “new normal”, an unfortunate step backward into the “Cold War” concerns existing from the 1950s to the 1980s.  As an elementary student, I remember crawling under my classroom desk as part of our regular nuclear attack drills. Unlike the old days when bomber attacks gave us a few hours cushion to prepare ourselves, a ballistic missile attack compresses our warning time to between 15 and 20 minutes. Let’s hope our rapidly developing anti-missile technology will protect most of us.  Some of that technology is being tested on Kauai at Barking Sands.  Hopefully, the new defense systems will work.

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