posted on Apr, 17 2006 @ 06:42 AM
posted by danwild6: “Well I wasn't trying to insinuate we'd go around nuking other nations . . I am wondering as are more educated people
whether this administration or future administrations may use our nuclear deterrent more aggressively. [Edited by Don W]
What would the hypothetical administration be deterring? It sounds to me more like the word is - aggressing.
Radioactive contamination is a major concern regarding the use of nuclear weapons. I can foresee - Nostradamus thing - situations where the
American people would accept the use of such weapons even in a preemptive strike. [Edited by Don W]
My first exposure was in the 1958-1959 time frame when I got a small part time job with our local Civil Defense unit. One of the things I learned was
our stockpiling and capacity calculations were based on a 14 days shelter period. Then I learned - in a different class - that the isotopes most
likely to be produced in a nuclear explosion had half lives of 24,000 yeas. A transparency showing the fall out pattern of our first H bomb at
Johnson Island, when placed over a map of the United States, stretched from Connecticut to W-DC. About 100 miles wide.
The prevailing winds in the northern hemisphere blow from west to east, and take about 48 hours to circle the earth. What falls out in China or India
today will fall out in America Wednesday.
It is lunacy to debate the use of nuclear weapons, seriously.
The situation in Iran is a perfect example. You have a nation known for promoting and sponsoring terrorism. Led by a man who has repeatedly
called for the destruction of a close US ally. Now granted Iran is years away from developing a nuke but that could allow the administration Bush or
the next guy in line to prepare the American people for the use of nukes. I really don't see it as that far fetched. [Edited by Don W]
Quote: “I really don’t see -it- as that far fetched,” DW6. I regret to say, neither do I. IF America’s leaders ever again use nuclear weapons
in less than an obvious survival situation, I think the reaction of the world to America would be horrific.
I can see every nation banning Americans from entry into their country. US Passport? Nein! Nyet! Nada! Nichts! No entry! I can see property of the US
and its citizens being confiscated. I think the world would not tolerate such irresponsible conduct. Well, I hope the world would not.