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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Nuclear Iran - a real Race problem

The only race I’m worried about lately is the Human Race.
With all the claims of racial comments, all the finger pointing and all the hand wringing, real things are happening. Acorn de-funding came up on a parliamentary measure in the House and just like that, the whole organization; Wade Rathke’s baby, touted as the largest organization of lower income and working families in the United States, is on the ropes.

It’s the stuff that isn’t on the ropes, that worries me.

Take for example, Iran.

Yeah, I know. It might seem like Iran’s government is just another group of whack jobs, but they are whack jobs, who are improving their ability to make war on others – an ultimate kind of war.

It’s amazing to me that folks would be so wound up by racism, cow farts and other alleged global-warming scenarios when the biggest threat to the globe and the human race aren’t delta smelts or spotted owls, or dwindling populations of polar bears, whales, bigfoot or a Nancy Pelosi, tearful over the tea parties. Decaying infrastructure and salmonella outbreaks, people being called liars and haters in Congress, and even H1N1 – the dreaded Hamthrax, are all competing for our combined, unified attention, meanwhile a real danger is nearly ready on the launch pad.

And as we allow the Iranian President to make comfortable visits to New York for more talk, we ignore the poor people who took to the streets to protest the guy’s election and fight for their liberation. To make matters worse, our leadership seems to be indecisive on the subject of the Iranian government's continuing work to develop a working nuclear program. What to do? What to do?

How complicated is it?

Whack Job + nukes = bad thing.

Wow. Really had to work on that equation, I have to tell you. Meanwhile three Americans are being held in Iran – just young kids named Shane, Sarah and Josh. Their charges - “illegal entry.” Their parents have been pleading with Ahmadinejad to return their children. The problem is, Ahmadinejad is part of that equation above. Don’t just take my word for that, read his own quotes below:

July, 2006: "Nations in the region will be more furious every day. It won't take long before the wrath of the people turns into a terrible explosion that will wipe the Zionist entity off the map...

October 2006 “... You should not complain that we did not give a warning. We are saying this explicitly now..."

June, 2008: "(Israel) has reached the end of its function and will soon disappear off the geographical domain."

What are the likely results of a nuclear Iran? First off, an irradiated Israel and a lot of big smoking holes where there used to be people. What happens then? A world response, unlike anything seen in recent history would likely occur. Without missile shield technology, (like the system originally slated to be built in Poland and just killed by our President), upon confirmation of a launch, you haven’t got very long to wait if you happen to be standing anywhere near ground zero. And a “limited nuclear exchange” is only “limited” if you’re nowhere near it when it happens – and if there’s anyone left afterward to call it “limited.”

On the upside, U.S. citizens targeted by an incoming Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (during a possible exchange following the destruction of Israel), won’t have to worry about the state of the health care system. Whether or not there is a public option, at that point, is a bit less important as the temperature outside warms up to about 7,000 degrees. Cash for clunkers, bank bailouts and corruption becomes a bit less pressing too. That’s because the 1,000 km/ hour winds produced by a single bomb, tend to destroy bone and muscle, the interface between tissue and air, lungs and the abdominal cavity. The results are severe hemorrhaging and embolisms, either of which will be rapidly fatal. You won’t have to hear the screaming, though. Eardrums rupture at much lower pressures.

The world is in danger, and every day there is an Iranian nuclear program, we are in deeper trouble. The Iranian people don’t want this. They don’t even want their president or his crazy administration. They want what we want – freedom to live. But Ahmadinejad is either thinking that the Atom bomb is a fancy new toy, or the means to bring about Armageddon.

Well, it’s no toy. Remember, the bombs dropped on Japan killed as many as 140,000 people in Hiroshima and 80,000 in Nagasaki by the end of 1945. Since then, more deaths have been attributed to those bombings. And our aim and technology was off by a bit. Because of a crosswind, the bomb on Hiroshima missed its’ target, the Aioi Bridge, instead, exploding over Shima Surgical Clinic with a 13 kiloton yield.

As a comparison, the modern B83 technology today isn’t even measured in kilotons. With B83, yields up to 1.2 megatons are easily achievable. That kind of power boosts the damage caused by 10 to 30 times at least. This extends the one-mile hypocenter out to five miles and the zones of severe, moderate and light damage out as far as 15 miles per warhead.

With figures like that, you only need one whack job and one bomb.

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