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The development of mini-nukes(5 posts)

The development of mini-nukesFr Ted Crilly
Aug 6, 2003 2:59 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/3126141.stm

Would this administration really push ahead with the idea of mini-nukes?
When Bush et al are trying to tell the world the importance of restraining nations with nuclear ambitions, it now appears that there are those who are not content with the United States present stockpile of nuclear weapons and believe that a new generation of "low-yield" nuclear armament is required.
Isn't the fact that a nuclear bomb is the "ultimate" weapon the main reason why it hasn't been used in the last 58 years?
And would a mini-nuke be any greater deterrent than it's big brother? Once a mini-nuke is developed and used what's to stop a slightly larger mini-nuke being next. You get what I'm thinking - it would only be a matter of time before those mini-nukes grew up to be the real thing.
It's kind of depressing to read this article today, the anniversary of the first nuclear bomb being dropped on Hiroshima. It appears as if that the memory of that terrible event doesn't really worry those putting forward this disgraceful idea.
You don't need to worry yourself.czardonic
Aug 6, 2003 3:39 PM
This administration's apparent hostility towards international law, multilateral convention and what passes for common sense is offset by its sterling judgement and virtue. So while it will likely pursue these smaller, more tactical nuclear weapons, you can rest assured that they will be in good, capable, scrupulous and judicious hands. Why shouldn't a good man like Bush have every tool at his disposal that he might request for his war against evil. It's really a rather silly objection, if you think about it.

That the Bomb is the ultimate weapon is exactly the problem -- we can't use them, so they have become something of an idle threat as far as being a deterrent. We just need some smaller ones so that we can set a few off without having to hear people gripe about it for the next 50 years.
Going on 60 yrs and still griping...PdxMark
Aug 6, 2003 3:50 PM
http://edition.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/asiapcf/east/08/06/hiroshima.anniv.ap/

And at 15 kilotons in Hiroshima and 21 kilotons in Nagasaki, those weren't lots bigger than the 1 kiloton babies GWB wants to scatter around the ME. Maybe the griping would be just 1/15th as long...
How to put a stop to this madness toot-sweet. . .czardonic
Aug 6, 2003 4:08 PM
. . .tell Bush that Truman was a Dumocrat.
I'd like to have some in LA traffic sometimes nmDougSloan
Aug 6, 2003 8:05 PM