What Would You Do If … Dilemmas In A Zombie Apocalypse: No. 27 – The Air Strike Dilemma

13 Sep

You are the leader of an army unit sent in to contain a zombie outbreak in a nearby city. At first, it looked like you manage to get it under control but now you realise its spread too far, and the only option left is to call in an air strike. The airforce will then drop a series of powerful fuel-air bombs which will obliterate everything within the affected area. The outbreak is spreading fast, and the sooner you call in the air strike, the smaller the area they’ll have to bomb to stop it in its track. This means fewer innocent civilians incinerated along with the zombies. If you call in the air strike right away, the death toll will only be a few thousand people, but you will definitely be one of them. If you delay calling in the air strike for half an hour, you’ll be able to get far enough away that there’ll be a 50% chance of you surviving the blast, but it’ll also give the outbreak time to spread and a much larger area will have to be bombed to stop it. As a result, tens of thousands of people will die. If you wait an hour, you’ll be able to get far enough that you’ll definitely survive, but by then the whole city will have to be levelled to stop the outbreak spreading to the rest of the country, and that will mean the death of half a million people. What do you do?

As always, this dilemma is just here to make you think, so there’s no right or wrong answer. Vote in the poll to let others know what you do if you were in this situation, and if you want to give a more detailed answer, leave a comment on this posting.

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4 Responses to “What Would You Do If … Dilemmas In A Zombie Apocalypse: No. 27 – The Air Strike Dilemma”

  1. RStorey 14/09/2013 at 16:43 #

    I guess I am a bleeding heart…but I would sacrifice myself without hesitation. I want the human race to survive. And if that means sacrificing myself, so be it.

    • cmdrysdale 14/09/2013 at 23:45 #

      It’s always nice to know there are people out there who’d do what’s right over what’s best for themselves. It’s just a pity the world currently seems to be run by people who think the other way round!

  2. Gabriel Vargas 12/11/2016 at 22:30 #

    You know… this is a hard choice. I mean if my family is dead then so be it. I’d go out in a blaze of glory. But if I had a future and possible survival then… uhh the radio isn’t working. Adios! But I’d had the death of many people in my hands and more importantly my conscience so it’s a tough call

    • Colin M. Drysdale 15/11/2016 at 12:00 #

      Yeah, this is a tough one, and it’s one I think most people would struggle with. Your point about whether you still had family and friend to live for is a interesting one I hadn’t considered, and it might be enough to sway you one way or another. Of course, there is also the possibility that sacrificing yourself now might help ensure the survival of your family and friends if they are currently outside the affected zone!

      All the best,


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