(Archive - Week of October 9, 2004)

Nuclear weapons will soon be in the hands of terrorists

I have no crystal ball nor do I read tea leaves, but I can tell you what we should be more afraid of than anything else. It is called nuclear weapons in the wrong hands. The next president of our country should be honest and tell the American people that our home-front security is not totally safe from the most deadly weapon on Earth, and tell us his plan so we can deal with it.

On Aug. 6 and 9, 1945, the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki , Japan were destroyed by the first atomic bombs used in warfare. I was on the island of Okinawa at the time, which was not far away. The bombs were called “Little Boy” and “Fat Man.” Colonel Paul Tibbets was the pilot of the Enola Gay, the B-29 that dropped the first bomb by order of President Harry S. Truman. The total number of people who have died due to the bomb is estimated to be 200,000.

The United States did not stop the research and testing of this deadly weapon when World War II ended. By 1949, the Manhattan Project developed a more powerful bomb called nuclear. This is a word that George W. Bush has trouble correctly pronouncing. The nuclear bomb was much smaller in size and it made the bombs that were dropped on Japan's cities seems like a firecracker to the nuclear power. Some nuclear weapons are now as small as a shoebox, but powerful enough to destroy a major city and its people.

The Soviet Union was the next country to have nuclear weapons after World War II. Most of the secrets of making this weapon were stolen or sold to the USSR . Russia still has thousands of these weapons and it is doubtful if they can account for all of them. Within the last 50 years, other nations have developed nuclear weapons and that includes Communist North Korea. Within a short time, Iran will also have them.

It's frightening to know that nuclear weapons will be in the hands of terrorists and it could be soon. Enough money will buy anything on earth and leaders of terrorists have enough money to pay any price to purchase these deadly weapons. A nuclear weapon could be delivered to a target in the United States in a VW bug.

We have not heard a George W. Bush plan to protect us from small, but deadly, nuclear weapons. But that is nothing new, Bush had no plan to exit Iraq when he ordered our armed forces to invade this innocent country, and he still has no plan except to send more body bags to Iraq for our dead Americans to be sent home.

Iraq played no part in the 9-11-01 disaster. Bush lied, and he was successful to some extent by getting some members in Congress and some American people to believe him. After more than 1,000 young Americans have been killed and about 6,000 wounded, we are now receiving more wounded and dead each additional day after more than a year and a half of fighting.

Bush has our American troops spread out all over the world defending other countries and we have only a few here at home. With Bush's lacking leadership, it has cost the American taxpayers $200 billion and the cost is rising by the millions of dollars each day. Bush has managed to get other nation's leaders to hate him and our government.

With the lack of George W. Bush's leadership and the need to communicate with threatened nations against us, i.e. North Korea and Iran , we could be in deep trouble while George W. Bush says, “Bring them on.” If Bush is allowed to remain in the White House, I can see that a military draft may be necessary to maintain the personnel to defend our nation.

It's time for a change at the White House. And with your vote on Nov. 2, a change can be made. We just can't afford to allow Bush to stay there another four years.


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Test: Charlie; Date:April 22 1952;
Operation: Tumbler-Snapper;
Site: Nevada Test Site (NTS), Area 7;
Detonation: Airdrop from B-50, altitude - 3447ft; Yield: 31kt; Type: Fission
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