Monday, August 06, 2007

Happy Hiroshima Day - NOT!!

It's sixty-two years (August 6, 1945 in the United States) since the first and last time large nuclear bombs were used against humans in war time. Of course, they were used against humans in peace time during hundreds of 1950s and 1960s above ground tests. People did not die quick deaths from fire, blast and radiation but slow ones from cancers caused by radiation poisoning. And then there are all of those who have suffered and died from the use of depleted uranium coated artillery shells the United States used in Iraq and Afghanistan. That number includes thousands of U.S. soldiers.
The Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs were mini-bombs of 15-20 kilotons. The Russians have nuclear weapons of 5, 10 and 20 megatons that can be targeted on United States cities within a minute.
A 20 megaton bomb will set fire to anything within 50 miles and blast away anything with 20-30 miles. The U.S. has much smaller nukes, mostly targeted on Russia's military sites. Russia targets cities because it's less sure it can hit U.S. military sites. A far greater proportion of American's live in big cities than do Russians.
And the Russians will use nuclear weapons, should they feel sufficiently threatened. Like if the U.S. uses nuclear weapons against Russia's trading partner Iran, just a few hundred miles from Russia's border. Need I say more? For lots of scary nuclear war videos see Youtube/DontBombIran.

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