However, things are moving far faster than I ever anticipated previously.
Accordingly, it is appropriate and necessary to think about and prepare contingency plans for what now may well, and probably does lie ahead.
One such possible and well reasoned plan is spelled out in this coherent essay.
Still hope that none of the suggested courses of action, let alone the specified escalations will become necessary . . . at least in my lifetime. But proposals currently being made by our political 'leaders' indicate that clinging to that hope is an exercise in wishful thinking.