The U.S.-Mexican War of 2017 presents such a horrifying scenario. Written after the end of the conflict, it tells of the Mexican government that launches war on its neighbor to "take back" what it lost in the 19th Century. It also tells the personal stories of soldiers, airmen, guerilla fighters, politicians and refugees from both sides.
It also details the plans of both sides to bring war to their enemy's doorstep, and how they carried out these plans, and the weaponry they used.
Everyone prays no such thing can happen, but here is what it could look like if it did.