I’ve never looked into it, but I have asked myself, “how hard can it be to buy a nuke on the black market?” Say from one of the old Soviet Union
countries, including Russia, who may be in dire straits financially. I figured it must not be that easy, though, otherwise they’d be popping them
off all over the place. Still, it surprises me that not even 1 has been detonated within our borders since 9/11.
I would think it must be rather difficult, technically, to pull off such a terrorist feat. But, there are a few skilled terrorists out there who, with
a little training, could probably do the job. And with the proper incentive, I’m sure there would be no shortage of volunteers. In the first place,
you know Allah would be beside himself with glee after hearing of the massive kill count. Truckloads and truckloads of infidels in one clean shot.
That right there should merit instant celebrity status. And with celebrity come special rewards. I’d be willing to bet that Allah throws in a few
extra goodies, above and beyond the standard 70-virgin pack, for the ones pulling off that job. Considering all that, I guess it might be kinda hard
for many young, wannabe martyrs to pass up such an opportunity.
Based on the above, and since it hasn’t happened yet, it must be really difficult to obtain an A-bomb, deliver it to some destination (particularly
in the U.S.) and then detonate it. It’s just not as easy as it sounds.
However, what about a dirty bomb, or suitcase nukes? Why haven;t we seen any of them set off? I’m being serious, now. I thought that was supposed to
be a little easier. Maybe not?
I’ll follow this thread for awhile, hoping that some informed ATSer can answer the question in the title. I curious to know more...
PS: This thread reminded me of an old Randy Newman song called
“Let's drop the big one now
”. He was a
funny musician and wrote a few clever songs.