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the explosion itself, anyone on the edge of the explosion (who were
lucky enough to survive) would have melted flesh and severe burns, the
skin would literally fall off the bone. Anyone who had seen the blast
from such a distance would have permanent loss of vision."
A little perspective, please
years of living under the perpetual risk of the ultimate terrorist
attack, most people have become acclimated to the distinct possibility
of imminent extinction of life on Earth. Fortunately, humans tend to be
highly adaptable beings, and most are able to go on with their daily
tasks without dwelling on potential doomsday scenarios.
people have become so desensitized to the threat of nuclear holocaust
that those who still believe American propaganda are more terrified of
religious fanatics wielding box cutters than they are of an ICBM
capable of annihilating millions.
According to the FBI, domestic terrorism is:
unlawful use, or threatened use, of force or violence by a group or
individual based and operating entirely within the United States or its
territories without foreign direction committed against persons or
property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population,
or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social
knowledge that it is the United States which created and primarily
wields the power to extinguish life on Earth, it is not a tremendous
intellectual leap to classify the American government as the world’s
most dangerous and most powerful terrorist.
domestic law enforcement entity has defined terrorism as "threatened
use of force or violence", intimidation, and coercion against
governments or civilian populations for the "furtherance of political
or social objectives".
What could be more threatening or violent
than a nuclear attack? What could be more coercive than the US
imposition of its will, culture, and ruthless economic agenda on a
global populace like a domineering father abusing his cowed children?
Employing terrorist tools of intimidation, coercion and threats of
violence, the United States consistently sets the political and social
objectives for the rest of the world.
Remember, Iran, "All options are on the table."
is the Don Corleone of the world community. They make offers you can’t
refuse. "Fat Man" and "Little Boy" delivered the Sicilian message that
nations defying the United States would find many of their innocent
civilians "sleeping with the fishes". 200,000 dead Japanese showed the
skeptics that the Godfather meant business.
Bearing in mind that
the atomic bombs deployed in Japan were mere firecrackers relative to
today’s nukes, the following puts a grim perspective on the situation:
single Hiroshima-size blast in downtown Los Angeles, according to a
computer projection done several years ago by Physicians for Social
Responsibility, would kill about 150,000 people immediately and 100,000
more from neutron and gamma radiation. An additional 800,000 people
would be exposed to high-level radiation."
Evil begets evil
only did the United States let the nuclear genie out of the bottle and
unleash it on humanity, through Operation Paperclip, it provided safe
haven for Nazi war criminals. During and after World War II, the CIA
altered the records of Nazi scientists so they could enter the United
States and contribute to the evolution of America’s nuclear weapons
Needing an "enemy" for its indoctrinated citizens to
fear, the United States began demonizing Communism in the 1950’s. As
they created their "bogeyman" so they could manipulate the masses with
psychological terror, America’s leaders pushed a nation with a much
weaker economy into an insane scenario of Mutually Assured Destruction
and an arms race. By 2004, Russia’s stockpile of warheads had the
combined power of 120,000 of the bombs dropped on Hiroshima.
combined nuclear capacity of the United States and Russia at the height
of the nuclear arms race was enough to eradicate the Earth of life
1,500 times over.
When is enough, enough?
to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, in 2004 the United States had
10,000 nuclear warheads, 7,000 of which were operational. Yet existing
in a realm of thought where logic ceases to exist, America's leaders
are obsessed with "national security". The United States accounts for
half of the world’s military expenditures to protect 350 million of the
6.5 billion people on Earth.
With over 500 land-based ICBMs, the
United States can incinerate any region of a 4.5 billion year old
planet within a mere 35 minutes. The Minuteman III intercontinental
ballistic missiles are only one leg of America’s triad of doom.
Submarine-based Trident nuclear missiles have the capacity to unleash
Armageddon from the depths of the Earth’s tranquil oceans. Maintaining
a fleet of B-1, B-2, and B-52 long-range bombers, the USAF can also
rain nuclear hell upon millions of unsuspecting "units of collateral
Desperation and treachery are the parents of US nuclear invention
that the "Nuclear Club" is rapidly expanding, the United States is
desperately seeking ways to circumvent treaties in which they have
pledged to work toward the elimination of nuclear weapons. As they
down-sized their nuclear stock-pile in the 1990’s by retiring ICBM’s
like the Peacekeeper, America’s leadership found ways to avoid truly
surrendering its tools of terror.
The United States began
diverting substantial portions of its obscene defense budget to its
Stockpile Stewardship Program to perpetuate and expand its nuclear
capacities. Consider this 1996 statement by the Department of Energy:
security policies in the post-Cold War era require that all historical
capabilities of the weapons laboratories, industrial plants, and NTS
[the Nevada Test Site] be maintained," and that "denuclearisation... is
not feasible based on current national security policy."
the ethereal nuclear genie slipping further from its grasp, the United
States is now focusing its resources and determined efforts toward
ensuring nuclear proliferation to those it deems deserving. Israel, the
US satellite in the Middle East, and India, a nation Uncle Sam is
determined to lure into his bed, both qualify. Iran and North Korea are
obviously not welcome at the nuclear party, whether they apply the
technology for military purposes or not.
On the domestic front,
America’s bellicose government is emphasizing the enhancement of
existing nuclear weapons to give the appearance that it is not
developing new ones. For example, the B61-11 is a modification of the
B61, a "tactical nuke" which "only" has 2/3 the power of the bomb
dropped on Hiroshima. To neutralize nations which have developed
weapons facilities deep underground, America created the B61-11 to
burrow into rock before discharging its nuclear payload. America’s
Neocons are itching to play with their new toys in Iran.
Pentagon claims that these "bunker busters" would pose no threat to
life outside of the underground targets. However, Dr. Robert Nelson of
Princeton University offers a significantly differing opinion:
earth-burrowing missile can penetrate deep enough into the earth to
contain an explosion with a nuclear yield even as small as 1 percent of
the 15 kiloton Hiroshima weapon. "The explosion simply blows out a
massive crater of radioactive dirt, which rains down on the local
region with an especially intense and deadly fallout."
Nelson’s analysis is substantially more seaworthy than the stone the
Pentagon tried to float when they proclaimed earth-burrowing
"mini-nukes" to be "safe".
A Messiah complex, severely stunted
emotional intelligence and profound ignorance are the defining
characteristics of the man capable of making nuclear holocaust a
reality within minutes. In light of this, Osama bin Laden, box-cutters,
and suicide bombers don’t seem quite so formidable or worrisome.
Miller is a 39 year old sociopolitical essayist with a degree in
liberal arts and an extensive self-education (derived from an
insatiable appetite for reading). He is a member of Amnesty
International and an avid supporter of Oxfam International and Human
Rights Watch. He welcomes responses at email@example.com or comments on his blog, Thomas Paine's Corner, at http://civillibertarian.blogspot.com/.