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Dreaming of a Nuclear War

Last night I dreamt I was not only in one nuclear explosion but two.

I was with a camera crew/news team in the back of a jeep in southern Iran. We'd just covered a traditional wedding as part of a report of how life continued as best it could in a war torn region. The Iranians had been trading political blows with another party (the US and Israel I think) and reteric on both sides was becoming increasingly hostile and deaf to the calls of calming down from Europe, the Middle East and other countries.

Some border skirmishes had already taken place on the Iran/Iraq border between US troops and Iranian forces. These were actually largely blamed on the Americans who seemed to be goading the Iranians and trying to entice them into a fight.

Anyway, we were bumping along in the jeep to a 'safey zone' - which was basically an underground encampment that had been opened up to the press and locals in the area for extra safety when we saw a missile flying high in the sky and descending fast. We managed to get the camera out and on and tracked the missile until it went out of sight. All the while our driver stepping on the gas to try and take us to the encampment as quickly as possible as something was obviously kicking off and not in a good way. We'd just jumped the jeep into a narrow ravine when the almightiest of explosions happened far away in the distance - but still strong enough to wobble the jeep and send loads of debris from the ravine pelting down on us. Then it felt like all the air was sucked away only to be replaced with an immense, and very hot, gust that sept along above us and swirled into the ravine. I think it was the ravine that saved us from the full force but it was still incredibly nasty.

The cameraman and myself climed up the ravines side to take pictures of the absolute devastation around (and to try and figure out which area the bomb would have hit) whilst the driver tried to jump start the jeep. After about 30 minutes we were off - heading towards the compound whilst looking for survivors en route. Then a second missile came flying over, much closer to the ground than the first and heading in the dirextion of the compound.

As the mushroom cloud exploded a few miles in front of us and the air got sucked from my lungs that's when I woke up.

Nice dream huh?

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gbsteve
Jan. 4th, 2007 10:26 am (UTC)
We were talking about this kind of dream just last week. Paula and a friend of ours both said they had mushroom cloud dreams in the early eighties when there was a great fear of atomic war. Threads didn't help and neither did the Protect and Survive programme which included drills in schools. Living in France I missed all this excitement.
suewilson
Jan. 4th, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
We have protect and survive and similar nuclear information films on DVD.
John watches them when he needs inspiration or a bit of a laugh.
Comes from working in the industry I suppose.

We once went on a trip to a factory where they made rods for reactors.
There were signs saying "Criticality run" with an arrow. One of our group asked if there was any point in running.
The reply from our guide -
"Yes - the nearer you get to the exit before you die, the lower the dose for the guy who is sent in to retrieve your body."

He wasn't exactly joking.
suewilson
Jan. 4th, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)
John says in reality you would probably be hit by the thermal shock front (aka very hot blast and radiation wave) before the air is sucked out of your lungs.
Also chances are the radiation would decouple your nerves so the good news is you wouldn't feel it as your skin and subcutanious fat is instantly turned into crackling.

So cheer up -
:)
sea_cucumber
Jan. 4th, 2007 11:19 am (UTC)
I used to have recurring nightmares of nuclear war when I was at school. It did not help that we studied books in english literature that featured nuclear war in various forms... O_o

I had a rather vivid version of a dream the other day when I was in bed feeling ill about the world being overrun by demons, but that is a standard dream for me that I get at least a couple of times a week :)
hirudo
Jan. 4th, 2007 11:20 am (UTC)
Not meaning to sound spooky and stuff but I usually have apocalyptic dreams prior to bad things happening.Not necessarily nuclear war dreams- I've dreamt of an alien invasion before!- but the theme is the indicator; that of the end of civilization as we know it.
Not that they're of much use for anything, I never know what it is that's going to happening, just my subconsious shouting "Something is bad is coming in the next few days!" like an attention-seeking whore ;p
Nothing recently though,despite the shit going on in the world at the moment.

*cue X-Files music*
brinker
Jan. 4th, 2007 12:21 pm (UTC)
I had a dream that was similar a few years back. It was planes dropping bombs, though (my dreams tend to have a historical slant to them.) It affected me strongly, though, and for the next few weeks I'd jump whenever I heard a plane overhead.

I always thought dreams like this (at least the really strong ones) were interesting because they gave you at least a sliver of an idea of what it must really be like.
saffrongraphics
Jan. 4th, 2007 01:18 pm (UTC)
I've had myself one of those - it was a few years back. Exciting when that happens, eh?

No idea what it means, psychologically. :)
angusabranson
Jan. 5th, 2007 11:07 pm (UTC)
I get vivid alot. It's not unusual to have 2 or 3 really intense dreams a week (sometimes I've had more than one in the same night). I enjoy them as it's a bit like going to the cinema but not having to pay AND getting a fuller experience.

Plus some of them throw up really great ideas or visuals.

Of course some of the 'end of the world' ones are not so feel-good but I still really enjoy them for the experience and imagery.
karkehan
Jan. 4th, 2007 08:35 pm (UTC)
Dude, if this is a premonition (and considering the context - it's quite possible) - I'm staying DownUnder (until you dream of fairies and nymphs that is).
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angusabranson
Jan. 5th, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Do you remember this?
Yeah, an old flatmate had it on DVD a couple of years ago but I remember it from the TV in the 80's.

I should really get round to buying a copy myself.
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