Sunday, April 09, 2006

"... The Radiance of a Thousand Suns ...

...I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."

This is a celebrated line from the Bhagavad-Gita, cited by American physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer as his thoughts while watching the detonation of the first atomic bomb in the New Mexico desert some 60 years ago.

My, how times change.

The saber is rattling in its scabbard, and it's directed at Iran and its theocratic government, ostensibly over its nuclear weapons ambitions. President Bush doesn't want Iran to have the bomb, and is preparing (according to leaked details hitting the newspapers and other media outlets) for air strikes to destroy suspected nuclear weapons plants.

Since most of these sites are underground, specially designed 'bunker buster' bombs would be used, bearing tactical nuclear weapons. And, since some of these sites are near population centers, there is the risk of a high number of civilian casualties. And let's not go into the fallout from these devices, which will eventually circle the earth as the winds carry it.

That's right, ladies and gentlemen - NO ONE is safe from nuclear fallout. The bombs we drop on Iran tomorrow will have us sniffing fallout particles within a week.

Now, what would the world reaction be? For starters, our allies (even Britain, possibly) would react with horror, while Iran's neighbors (Afghanistan, Pakistan, India) would look upon it as an unfriendly act. Either way, the United States would swiftly become more of a pariah than North Korea - and I don't think I'm overusing the hyperbole here.

Some bloggers and commenters have suggested that we write, call, and visit our elected representatives, but I don't really see how that will stop Bush from doing whatever the hell he wants to do. After all, nothing's stopped him so far.


Blogger pissed off patricia said...

I am scared and you are correct.
I hope there is someone who can stop the mad-man. He will kill again.

8:18 AM EDT  

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