I am always amused when some neocon uses a nuclear holocaust when trying to make a period especially when the subject is world affairs…..you know the claim……that allusion of a “mushroom cloud” rising over whatever event these people are referring to in their speech…..whether it is DC or Israel or Europe…..matters not they use the same allusion to attempt to make a point………..Hell it has been used by this politician or that for 50 years or more……..personally I am sick of this imagery…..maybe they could find something else to scare the gullible……
Could there truly be a nuke war on the horizon?
The truth is that it is a false illusion they are selling…..what they should be passing off to gullible people is not a mushroom cloud but rather that of a dirty bomb……
A “dirty bomb” is one type of a radiological dispersal device (RDD) that combines conventional explosives, such as dynamite, with radioactive material. The terms dirty bomb and RDD are often used interchangeably in the media. Most RDDs would not release enough radiation to kill people or cause severe illness – the conventional explosive itself would be more harmful to individuals than the radioactive material. However, depending on the situation, an RDD explosion could create fear and panic, contaminate property, and require potentially costly cleanup. Making prompt, accurate information available to the public may prevent the panic sought by terrorists.
A dirty bomb is in no way similar to a nuclear weapon or nuclear bomb. A nuclear bomb creates an explosion that is millions of times more powerful than that of a dirty bomb. The cloud of radiation from a nuclear bomb could spread tens to hundreds of square miles, whereas a dirty bomb’s radiation could be dispersed within a few blocks or miles of the explosion. A dirty bomb is not a “Weapon of Mass Destruction” but a “Weapon of Mass Disruption,” where contamination and anxiety are the terrorists’ major objectives.
The results will be far more devastating than an actual A-bomb…….
The extent of local contamination would depend on a number of factors, including the size of the explosive, the amount and type of radioactive material used, the means of dispersal, and weather conditions. Those closest to the RDD would be the most likely to sustain injuries due to the explosion. As radioactive material spreads, it becomes less concentrated and less harmful. Prompt detection of the type of radioactive material used will greatly assist local authorities in advising the community on protective measures, such as sheltering in place, or quickly leaving the immediate area. Radiation can be readily detected with equipment already carried by many emergency responders. Subsequent decontamination of the affected area may involve considerable time and expense.
Immediate health effects from exposure to the low radiation levels expected from an RDD would likely be minimal. The effects of radiation exposure would be determined by:
- the amount of radiation absorbed by the body;
- the type of radiation (gamma, beta, or alpha);
- the distance from the radiation to an individual;
- the means of exposure-external or internal (absorbed by the skin, inhaled, or ingested); and the length of time exposed.
The health effects of radiation tend to be directly proportional to radiation dose. In other words, the higher the radiation dose, the higher the risk of injury.
Let us not forget the worst outcome….total panic!
I bring this up because I have written about this one numerous occasions….most recently in a op-ed I wrote for Legationes……
There is a wealth of nuke material out there and it all cannot be policed……Another piece by a think tank in Armenia……touches on the possibility…..
This is a problem that is seldom covered…..maybe all these doom and gloom purveyors should talk about the real problem and the allusions to poets and essayists…..
There is a situation developing in Moldavia that could some bearing on the dirty bomb scenario…….
Civil unrest is not something that is conducive to a stable neighborhood……unrest could make the possibility of dirty bomb material being more readily available…..that may sound a bit alarmist but the situation needs watching and monitoring…..the world cannot afford this material getting out to the extremists……
Just a thought…….