Nashville Explosion: Should We Expect Warzone Tactics at Home?


While many people are waking to a traditional Christmas morning of gift-giving, holiday cheer, and having a rare, stress-free 2020 day, a new tradition may be exploding across the United States. Unfortunately, that new tradition does not involve reindeer, Santa, or peace. Instead, our new tradition, the tradition of places like Iraq and Afghanistan, is the car bomb. The car bomb, is also known as the vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED). A device that the Nashville bombing has brought to our Christmas season.

The Nashville Explosion: What Happened

For those who may not be aware, the Associated Press reports:

“An explosion shook the largely deserted streets of downtown Nashville early Christmas morning, shattering windows, damaging buildings and wounding three people. Authorities said they believed the blast was intentional. The FBI is leading the investigation.

Metro Nashville Police Department spokesman Don Aaron said police responded to a call of shots fired just before 6 a.m. but found no immediate signs of a shooting, although officers noticed a suspicious vehicle and called for a hazardous unit. While they waited, the vehicle exploded.”

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What the Nashville Explosion May Mean

And with that, today’s 2020 Christmas morning bombing in Nashville may be the start of something. It may be the start of what many veterans of our conflicts overseas have worried about for years. That worry it that the terrorist tactics used in warzones around the globe may become commonplace in the United States. After all, while the U.S. has experienced bombings in the past, we have not experienced bombings on a frequent and ongoing basis. 

Despite what the twenty-four-hour news cycle would like us to believe, living in the United States is relatively peaceful. Yes, we have occasional riots and acts of terror. However, as a rule, we are not fearful of being vaporized by a Nashville bombing style of explosive fireball when we go about our day. 

The thought that a trip to the supermarket, the dentist, or to work may end in a flash of fire and shrapnel is not something most people consider. Sadly, with the increasing divide between political parties, social classes, and anyone with an ax to grind, we may be on a collision course with a destiny of daily death and fear. 

The disturbing reality is that today’s Nashville explosion in Tenessee moves us closer to the most unimaginable reality of others. The reality that we may be facing here in the U.S. is not new. Instead, it’s a common experience that many in places like Northern Ireland during the troubles, Iraq during the surge, and Syria during the fight with ISIS have experienced and lived with. 

A Nashville bombing post image of a puppet making play on fake news.

The Truth of Division

Ours is the truth of division fanned by our elected representatives, mainstream media, tech giants, and idiots who share clickbait headlines without care for the content’s integrity. Our truth is one of increasing anger and rage. Ours is a truth that, while we live in incredible and prosperous times, has us divided like no other. In the end, our reality is one that, unless a course correction happens soon, may lead to the violence and fear that the U.S. has largely been sheltered from. 

Another truth is that, in opposition to other times, at this time we don’t know who is responsible for this bombing. In years past, we’d all automatically assume a Christmas bombing would be the work of Muslim terrorists. However, in the United States of 2020, it’s just as believable that groups and solo actors from any number of left-wing and right-wing organizations may be responsible. 

What’s Next?

Next, while we speculate on who is responsible for the bombing, one result of the bombing is almost guaranteed. That certainty is that those in power and a quest for more power will not let this crisis go to waste. This bombing, at a minimum, will lead to the media of both sides trashing the other. It may also be just the impetus that those in power need to further erode our rights as U.S. citizens as they did with the vile Patriot Act. 

So, what does the explosion in Nashville mean for the average American? It means that the game has changed. The Nashville Christmas bombing is serving notice to everyone that we are not living in the America of pre-9/11. Instead, we now live, work, and raise families in a divided and increasingly unstable and violent nation. 

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The Nashville bombing is a Christmas reminder to everyone that we must not take our safety and security for granted. It’s a reminder that the venomous rhetoric from all sides of the political and social spectrum has consequences. 

Today’s Christmas Nashville bombing is also a reminder that life is precious. Additionally, there are no guarantees, and that we all need to make an effort to treasure what is truly important. Today’s bombing emphasizes the need that we all need to cherish our family, friends, loved ones, and the small moments we often take for granted.  

The Bottom Line of the Nashville Explosion

Finally, today’s Nashville explosion dictates that we all must follow a new tradition. Our new tradition requires us to approach our daily lives with deliberate intent. Those who embrace the practice of deliberate intent are those most likely to enjoy Christmas in 2021 and beyond. Those who don’t may mark Christmas 2020 as their last Christmas on this planet.


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Brian's preparedness career began at sixteen and included professional roles as a lifeguard, firefighter, paramedic, Special Operations team leader with the 3rd Ranger Battalion, Diplomatic Protection Specialist, and international security director. He's managed medical clinics in Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, provided high-threat diplomatic protection in Iraq and Pakistan, advised a rebel army in Africa, oversaw U.S. embassy security in Baghdad, and directed a premiere tactical medicine training facility. Brian is an expert in Security, Crisis Management, and Preparedness Mindset and hosts the Mind4Survival podcast. He holds a bachelor's degree in Security Management and an MBA in Information Technology Management.

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  1. David Helms on December 25, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    What a year. And you are correct, pre 9-11 life is probably gone.
    It is alarming that we have become like the faraway lands where this lifestyle is common.
    Stay Safe America!

  2. THX1138 on December 26, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    You are ignorant of another possibility of guilt in the attack: our very own, deep-state government.

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