Israel-Firsters And Hollywood are Normalizing the Use of Nukes in Warfare
There are three major government labs (and a few smaller and covert ones) in the US that do work around nuclear technology: Lawrence Livermore Labs, Sandia National Labs, and Los Alamos National Labs. Protests against nuclear testing started in the 70’s and later, physical testing of nukes were eventually stopped – increasingly, supercomputers began to be used to simulate nukes rather than actually blowing stuff up. Before that, during the cold war between the US and the Soviets, almost 2,000 live tests were logged.
About 25 years ago, I was part of a team that wrote the software for these simulations at Lawrence Livermore Labs in the San Francisco Bay area. While most of that work is still classified, the goal was to eliminate nuclear testing of everything including tactical nukes, blast shaping, shelf lives, etc., and eventually, all nuclear testing using physical material was stopped. We found that our simulations gave us much better data than actual nuclear tests (although we did use some of the data from previous live tests). Those of us who worked on some of this stuff breathed a sigh of relief when the nuclear testing ban was enacted, because we knew what this stuff does to the environment on a very, very long-term basis. Did you know that Marin County in the San Francisco Bay area has the highest rate of breast cancer in the US? Have you ever wondered why?
Now, 25 years later, the clock is being reset. The US deployed tactical nukes during the Iraq war, and now Israel is deploying neutron bombs in Yemen. An earlier Ha’aretz article described Israel testing ‘dirty bombs’ (a combination of conventional explosives with radioactive material) in the Negev desert. Those of us who have studied the lethal effect of these on humans and the environment are aghast at this new development. US/Israel have re-opened Pandora’s box, something we thought we had buried permanently. This is more dire a threat to humanity than most people realize. Our government has minimized and covered up the effects of previous testing on the planet. Nonetheless, it was taboo to publicly consider the use of nukes for anything but as deterrents to attack – never to be actually used.
It now looks like there is a deliberate attempt to use nukes in warfare. We hear our politicians casually advocate the use of nukes like we do conventional weapons. About a year ago, we heard our Republican congressman, Duncan Hunter, propose using nukes against Iran:
“I don’t think it’s inevitable but I think if you have to hit Iran, you don’t put boots on the ground, you do it with tactical nuclear devices and you set them back a decade or two or three. I think that’s the way to do it with a massive aerial bombardment campaign”.
More recently, we had Sheldon Adelson pushing for the use of nukes:
“What I would say is, you see that desert out there? I wanna show you something, and so there’s an atomic weapon, goes over a ballistic missile, in the middle of the desert”.
Adelson claimed that the fallout from such an attack would be minimal, only affecting “maybe a couple of rattlesnakes and scorpions or whatever.”
Really? Try using an app called NukeMap and you will see that no matter where in the Iranian desert you set off a nuke, it impacts a major Iranian city, not even taking into account wind-blown fallout over a much greater area. Of course, to Adelson, these are just disposable Muslims, and not much loss to the world.
While this is going on, Hollywood has been pumping out more movies depicting the use of nukes against threats to humanity. This kind of preconditioning makes it more palatable to the people when nukes are used as an excuse for saving the US from what is described as ‘existential threats’. We all remember the (failed) use of nukes against invading aliens in “Independence Day”, as well as more recent and similar offerings in “The Avengers”, “X-Men”, “Pacific Rim”, and a host of similar movies that desensitize the public to the consideration of nukes as a viable weapon for war. The movie “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” even depicted the ridiculous notion of our hero surviving a nuclear blast by hiding inside a refrigerator! Yes folks, nukes are as trivial as conventional explosives! Move along, nothing to see here.
We are at the precipice again and looking down into the abyss. When Israel decides it is opportune to attack Lebanon, Syria, and perhaps even Iran, I fear that it will use nukes in this war, despite the consequences. Israel is increasingly desperate and the ‘Sampson Option’ looms large. Meanwhile, our government and compliant MSM will minimize the significance of these events to the gullible populace.
Something wicked this way comes