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To: NonValueAdded
So what can a 50kt device do?

Surround it with a cobalt jacket and set it off where prevailing winds will carry fallout over most of central Israel. You don't need to kill that many people. You just have to make the area so unhealthy that rational people don't want to live there any more.

It won't matter if the Palestinians can't live there either. The objective all along was to displace the Jews, rather than settle the Palestinians.

15 posted on 11/27/2012 3:53:57 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: PapaBear3625
Ah, you speak of the "salted" bomb.

Not just cobalt, either, if you're a poor nation, there are other nasty substances to use that are more readily available, but perhaps less effective, at spreading nasssty fallout (we hates it)....

My personal belief is...why *wouldn't* a nation salt most of its bombs?* I'll betcha China salts every one of theirs. Conversely, I'd bet that the USA, UK, France, Israel don't salt theirs. Go figure.

*Why not salt the bomb? A cobalt sheath is the easiest component to make. Triggers are harder, the other compoents are harder.

Yeah, I know, rational people wouldn't want to live in a world with wind-blown, wandering radiation clouds. (Neville Shute, anyone?) But not all of our enemies are rational (by our standard).

There is the additional consideration in that, if you're gonna fight a nukewar, why not assume the descendants of your enemy won't try to finish off/take revenge upon your descendants? Going nuclear is bound to generate a whole can o' whoopa$$ animosity against the perpetrator. Why wouldn't you just try to kill 'em all off, all future potential...I mean, if you're going nuclear to begin with, it's not like your playing paddycake, now, is it?

In other words, we're New World Americans living in a nuclear age with Old World mentalities. And that's what scares me. Precisely because those societies think long-term and vindictively when it comes to war.

Especially given the worldview of the Iranian theocracy, why wouldn't they salt their bomb? They'd want to maximize carnage. We all agree on that.

MAD (mutually assured destruction) worked versus the USSR, but is ineffective against Tehran, which has repeatedly expressed a desire to initiate a Final Battle--one they openly acknowledge they cannot win alone--that will usher in the Mahdi from Damascus. Yes, they know they can't win. But that act of initiating the war against the Great Satan signifies the faith they have in Allah to finish the battle for them. All they need to do how much they trust in their Moon god. He'll do the rest.

There's never been a better case for pre-emptive war than there is now against Iran. God help us all. God help the people of Israel.


27 posted on 11/27/2012 4:24:12 PM PST by sauron ("Truth is hate to those who hate Truth" --unknown)
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