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Is Middle East Peace a Mirage?

ISignFred48 Wrote: Nov 23, 2012 7:46 PM
Hamas is well known for digging tunnels; there are miles of tunnels under their southern border between Gaza and Egypt. Both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are about 45 miles. Iran is spending thier nations wealth to build a U-235 bomb with no conventional delivery system. Do you suppose that tunnels are that? Remember in WWII we used a Uranium bomb in war after only testing the Plutonium device. I hope someone else is thinking of this. A-bombs under Israel would quickly result in H-bombs over Muslims and Mecca would be in great danger.
Original Saepe__Expertus Wrote: Nov 23, 2012 9:18 PM
FRED...the REASON we tested one of those bombs at Alamogordo was due to design, not fissile material. One was a gun-type bomb, which they KNEW would work. The other design was an implosion bomb. THAT was the one they tested. Little Boy was a gun-type with uranium. Fat Man was plutonium, and the implosion type.
ISignFred48 Wrote: Nov 24, 2012 2:20 AM
Plutoniium is more reactive than U-235 so must be separated into smaller parts so it does not begin to fizzle too early. The implosion mechanism is necessary to assemble a critical mass almost in an instant. The point is that Iran doesn't need to do an underground test before using their weapon.

With the truce in the week-long Gaza war, Barack Obama is being prompted by right and left to re-engage and renew U.S. efforts to solve the core question of Middle East peace.

Before he gets reinvolved in peacemaking, our once-burned president should ask himself some hard questions.

Is real peace between Palestinians and Israelis even possible?

Is there any treaty that could be agreed to, or imposed, that would be acceptable to Israel and the Palestinian Authority on the West Bank, let alone to Hamas, which has emerged from its defiance of one of the most intensive bombardments of modern time...