“After 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
After 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
In fact, 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
According to the FBI, domestic terrorism is:
“the 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 objectives.”
Given the 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.
America’s own 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.”
America 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
“A 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
Evil begets evil
Not 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 program.
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.
The 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
When is enough, enough?
According 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 damage”.
Desperation and treachery are the parents of US nuclear invention
Realizing 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:
"[n]ational 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."
With 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.
The 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:
"No 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."
Dr. 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.
Jason 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or comments on his blog, Thomas Paine's Corner, at http://civillibertarian.blogspot.com/.