The Chinese spy balloon that was shot down off the coast of South Carolina may have been conducting surveillance for a conflict with the United States. When the balloon first entered U.S. airspace over Alaska’s on January 28, American officials told us it would keep traveling on a northern trajectory over sparsely populated areas.
Two days later, the balloon changed course over Canada, heading for the continental United States.
Over the next several days, the balloon traveled over some of our most sensitive military sites, including those with nuclear capabilities.
Of real concern should be an EMP.
EMPs (Electro-Magnetic-Pulse) are bursts of electromagnetic energy that disrupt communications and damage and/or destroy electronic equipment. An EMP can be created by nuclear weapons, radiofrequency weapons, and natural phenomena such as geomagnetic storms.
It has long been believed that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been developing such weapons for a potential conflict with the United States.
Detonated at very high altitude (200 hundred miles), EMPs could knock out power and communications across the U.S., creating widespread havoc for a year or more. Thus, such a detonation would need to occur at a much higher elevation than the Chinese spy balloon was at (30-40,000 feet) in order to cause destruction across a vast swath of the country.
However, if the EMP’s purpose were to knock out a smaller specific target, a balloon like the one shot down over the weekend might be a near-perfect delivery device.
Reports the Epoch Times: “China’s brazen and unapologetic violation of American sovereignty last week demonstrates how little the CCP respects the Biden administration,” said Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-Wisc.).
Personally, I believe China may sense an opportunity given the present White House administration. That said, the words of Jesus are as important now as ever:
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).