Skip to comments.Does Bin Laden Have a Suitcase Nuke?
Posted on 11/12/2001 7:22:35 AM PST by filterfishEdited on 09/20/2004 1:36:41 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
Since 1945, there have been only two nuclear weapons used in anger, both of them by Uncle Sam when President Harry S Truman decided he would rather have 100,000 Japanese dead than another million American servicemen -- which was the outside estimate of what it would take to invade and occupy Japan. The next big war was the “Cold War,” where the United States and the USSR each had enough nukes – mounted on Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles and in long-range submarines and bombers -- to blow each other up several times over. During the Cold War, the United Kingdom, “Red” China, France and India all joined the Nuclear Club. We now know for sure that Israel also developed a nuclear capability in the late 1970s and at least was able to publicly announce in 1981 that while it did not have one assembled, it had all the materials necessary to whack one together at a moment’s notice. When Israel then bombed Baghdad’s nuclear power plant in June 1981 to upset any thoughts Saddam might have of matching Tel Aviv’s capability, Saddam began Iraq’s nuke program, assembling the materials necessary to whack one together at a moment’s notice. After the Gulf War in 1991, it was determined to everyone’s satisfaction, after being able to look over the records, that Saddam never did get the nuke he wanted. Since then, Pakistan did become the first Islamic nation to successfully test a nuke, which it of course it did to match India’s, as they glare at each other across Kashmir, a predominantly Islamic province within the Indian state.
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