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Tuesday, Oct. 05, 2004 - 2:20 a.m.
Cost of the War in Iraq
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****Saddam's Nuclear Program
First, read this story about: Saddam's Nuke Program. It's short and easy to read, don't worry.
This is my reply to the person who sent it to me:
"And even after 1997 - when Saddam's nuke program went dormant - Obeidi says he continued to keep his centrifuge plans in safe storage - in a cardboard box buried beneath a lotus plant in his front yard."
So, if the US had no nuclear weapons program, no nuclear weapons left, but one of the state physicists was still paid $ to keep the plans for a centrifuge in a cardboard box buried under a geranium in his front yard, they would be considered to be an imminent world danger.
So, I wonder what kind of world danger the US is with centrifuge plans dug out of the dirt, in the hands of hundreds of people spread all over the country, with nuclear arms capacity, thousands of nuclear warheads not only on US soil but in submarines etc all over the world (many rusting and leaking radioactivity into the oceans)?
I dunno. If it is that much of a military strength to have plans in a cardboard box in the garden, I think that the US should reduce themselves to just exactly that. And then consider just how incredibly strong, threatening and powerful the United States of America would feel, and actually be.
I must admit that if every country in the world had that high level of nuclear capacity, I would sleep better at night.
When I was in the US on 9/11, my greatest fear was that the US was being bombed and that their immediate reaction would be WWIII, and that nuclear warheads would be raring off at whatever country had dared to do such a thing. I really had no idea if I was going to ever see my country or my family again.
It wasn't the three airplanes crashing into buildings that scared me.
It was the US's reaction, with fullscale war, where we'd die of radiation poisoning if one bomb landed.
I never felt that fear from a plane hitting a building. It was some dust and body parts but it wasn't radioactive dust and body parts. And there were no lingering "bomblets" to maim people for the next twenty years.
It is the US's nuclear capabilities which scare me. May they be reduced to one cardboard box in a garden, and a handful of barefoot soldiers with aging Russian rifles.
Why the Pre-Emptive First Strikes May Well Be Nuclear
Oh! here i am of course searching for relevant info, this time on the actual number of nuclear weapons that the US has, and I stumble across this conversation/debate.
In it, someone says "We could install Saddam back in power in Iraq and see if you like it". Now this is brilliant!! Leave Iraq as it is and just put Saddam back as the puppet president in the new democratic Iraq parliament. I would guess he'd be assassinated (unless Coalition of the Willing forces protect him) within a week. Maybe that would be THE most brilliant thing to do with Saddam. His sons are gone, his disinformation minister is gone, his palaces and guards are gone. No money, no car, no support. Just think what a brilliant idea. Put Saddam back as the leader of the country bombed because of him, which is now a huge mess, with all the people who hated him, who are seeing the bodies found in the mass graves, the new religious fundamentalist insurgents running around. Mmm, well, they'd do the job for us and then Bush could say '"see, the Iraqi people hated him, they offed him in three days".
"All told, the United States currently has 10,729 intact nuclear warheads with spare parts available for thousands more. "
CDI: The World's Nuclear Arsenals, Feb 4, 2003
ONE Timothy McVeigh or army/navy/airforce personnel gone postal in the US could wreak more havoc than Saddam. Wouldn't need to send it over the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf.
We still haven't found out who sent the anthrax with in the States did we. American-produced
If you don't have strychnine in your home, your children are MUCH less likely to be poisoned by strychnine.
Even if the neighbor who hates your kid is fantasizing come Halloween.
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