[A] nuclear explosion is much more than a simple bomb blast. It consists of four deadly components: an air pressure shock wave, both thermal and nuclear radiation, and radioactive fallout. The effects of such a disaster in a city such as New York, Los Angeles, or D.C. would be cataclysmic. The air pressure wave from [one] suitcase bomb would destroy everything in its path, even heavily reinforced steel-and-concrete buildings.
Such an explosion would also emit intense thermal radiation, creating a fireball with a diameter that would expand to 460 feet. The core fireball would reach a maximum temperature of 10 million degrees Celsius. The enormity of this heat can only be realized when one notes that the heat within the World Trade Center towers never exceeded 5,000 degrees Celsius. Metallic objects within 450 feet of ground zero would vaporize. 1,400 feet from the blast, rubber and plastic objects would ignite and melt, and wooden structures would erupt into flames.
The bomb would expend 35 percent of its energy in the form of radiated heat. An additional 50 percent would be absorbed into the atmosphere to become a juggernaut blast -- a wave ripping through the city at 670 miles per hour. The buildings that survived the melting heat would be twisted like pretzels by the force of the incredible wind. No one within 740 feet of the blast could hope to survive; within minutes everything within three square miles would be destroyed. Over 300 thousand people would die instantly. Half a million or more would suffer severe burns and permanent blindness. Two to three hundred thousand people would be killed or injured by the deadly hail of debris and shattered glass.
The survivors of the initial blast would be exposed to intense bursts of ionizing radiation that would devastate their immune system. Those exposed would die in a matter of days. Then comes the fallout ? the contaminants ? which would then expose those in the area to deadly radiation poisoning, with 50 percent dying in the subsequent weeks and months. If this happened in a place like New York City, it would be an uninhabitable wasteland for hundreds of years. Then comes the other stuff such as the end of our culture, the crippling of our economy, the loss of millions of jobs, and an unprecedented health care crisis. Within days, Americans and much of the world would be tossed into a depression from which it would take hundreds of years to recover.
This description of the potential apocalyptic effects of a nuclear bomb going off in one of our major cities is not the hokey ravings of a doom and gloom prophet but a real description of a real threat which we really face from Muslim terrorists. OBL and his apprentices will, as he has proven, attempt to slay us with anything he can get his hands on and according to intelligence sources, he has his hands on anywhere from a half a dozen to three dozen of these compact nuclear death dealers and they are earmarked for us.
I fear that we don?t really ?get? the level of historic malevolence these Quran-fueled terrorists have for us. Which makes it extremely ridiculous, as far as I?m concerned, that we are currently concerned about whether or not Bush can act like Howdy Doody during a debate for a television-brain-dead audience.
My ClashPoint is this: Seeing that Bush has proven in this second debate that he can refrain from grimacing when he hears UN-imbecility from Kerry, and seeing that his Dr. Jekyll has, hopefully, assuaged the thin-skinned among us, let?s get down to business, re-elect President Bush and get Mr. Hyde back to the task of taking out terrorists and destroying their nuclear dreams wherever and whenever they are found. Ridding our planet of the terrorist rodents is going to be the main issue on the ticket for the next 25 presidents, that is, if we?d like to continue living business as usual. And Bush/Cheney grasps this.
Look, I don?t have a W tattooed on my backside. I am a Bush fan but not a fanatic. Honestly, I wish he would make our nation more difficult to get into than some night clubs on South Beach, but he does have what Kerry lacks: he hates the damnable terrorists, is intent on eradicating them and determined to establish liberty where there has been none, whatsoever.