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Friday, April 16, 2010

Smoke 'Em If You've Got 'Em

--Nuclear World, Peray (Thailand)

as if all the unsung
debasements of the past may one day come
rising to the surface once again—
worked its filthy way out like a tongue
--Welcome to Hiroshima, Mary Jo Salter

It's a long way to Tipperary,
It's a long way to go.
It's a long way to Tipperary
To the sweetest girl I know!
--It's a Long Way to Tipperary

Yeah, we're goin' nowhere, fast

--Summerboy
, Lady Gaga

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President Obama's recent summit on nuclear security is classic fear-mongering and misunderstanding of the actual threat posed by terror groups. However, as friend Sheerahkahn said recently, terrorism is "the currency of politicians who are trying to galvanize popular sentiment in a particular direction."
Obama said,

"
A terrorist group in possession of plutonium no bigger than an apple could detonate a device capable of inflicting hundreds of thousands of casualties" (Summit Endorses Obama Call on Nuclear Security.)

FACT: Possession of a plutonium core does not mean a group can produce a high-order nuclear bomb. It is a long way from plutonium to a high-yield explosion.

FACT: Nuclear waste will produce a dirty bomb, and is much easier to procure than plutonium


FACT: The plutonium could be used just as effectively without building it into a fissionable weapon


FACT: No intel indicators have been released showing any group capable of producing a plutonium bom
b

FACT:
Rogue elements in Pakistan are more likely to give advice and consent to a group than is any non-state terror group

Obama also said,


"Terrorist networks such as al-Qaida have tried to acquire the material for a
nuclear weapon, and if they ever succeeded, they would surely use it."

Yes, surely they would use such a weapon if they got access. History has proven this point.

Just ask the survivors of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

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3 Comments:

Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

there is a whole lot of intense study, specialized equipment, and high end production involved with making a nuclear weapon.

i doubt seriously that folks running around in shower shoes and hiding out in caves would be capable of that technology.

but, yes, if it were accomplished, they would certainly use it.

our own experience shows that. say, for instance, that the decision had been made not to use the nuclear weapons we developed in secret at astonishing expense.

when the facts came to light, the reasonable question would have been asked:

if you spent thousands of millions of dollars to develop this weapon, why wasn't it used?

every family of every serviceman who fell in the time after the bomb was developed would have a legitimate beef with those who decided against its use.

if you go to all that trouble, you need to make a kaboom.

a more likely scenario is that a junior officer off in some forgotten base somewhere in the former soviet union decides to make up for his four to five years arrears in pay by selling a device entire. the same thing could happen from pakistan or india.

thing is, if the device is bought complete, then once used, the capability vanishes. like the aztecs who captured harquebuses from the conquistadores. boom. game over.

Friday, April 16, 2010 at 6:27:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

MB,
The anarchist cookbook doesn't exactly cover home madee nucs.
jim

Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 1:01:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Underground Carpenter said...

Hi Jim,
Good post, and I love the Peray 'toon. He nailed it like a carpenter.

MB, I concur and would add that enriching Uranium also takes a lot of electricity--More than the standard 400 amp panel mounted in most caves.

For more on this subject, please see my own humble post HERE.

For anyone who would like to be initiated into the mysteries of linking in a comment, please see THIS.

Dave

Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 6:06:00 PM GMT-5  

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