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World Opinion Trumps

National Security?

 

 

Are U.S. leaders prepared to stand by and allow a predictably devastating attack against our national infrastructure in order to placate world opinion?  As it stands, American leadership exhibits an indefinable obligation to tiptoe around any potential for disapproval from Europe, Russia or the United Nations.  Now the U.S. faces a danger far greater than anyone ever feared from Saddam Hussein.  Worst-case scenarios regarding Saddam’s capabilities speculated about the possibility of distributing anthrax, or smuggling primitive nuclear explosives into the U.S., maybe a dirty bomb.  No need here to describe the measures taken to eradicate those threats.  As everyone knows, the U.S. has suffered tremendous disdain from a great many of our traditional allies for the invasion of Iraq. 

 

            Why?  Business!  All manner of under-the-table arrangements with Saddam on the part of France, Germany, Russia, and high officials in the United Nations have been documented.  But even in the face of all their self-righteous indignation over the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Washington has never rubbed their noses in the proof of their illegal arms trade or the cash kickbacks perpetrated under the “oil for food” arrangement.  And yet, we live with the hatred and disdain of Europe for having taken military action on the basis of purportedly “flawed intelligence.”

 

            Now, credible and undisputed reports show Iran looming as a threat so much greater than any posed by Iraq that there is no comparison.  Once again, we have the business interests of our “friends” to consider.  Vladimir Putin is directly involved in boosting Iran’s nuclear capabilities by supplying fuel for their primary reactors.  Not to worry, he’s assured President Bush.  Iran will have to return the spent nuclear rods to Russia under some sort of honor system, which will ensure the mad mullahs don’t use them to produce weapons, goes the rationale.  And, based on responses to questions during his recent press conference, the President seems to have bought it.  He said, “Vladimir understands that it would be dangerous for Iran to have nuclear arms,” or words to that effect. But it is well known that Iran has access to other supplies of uranium, and is well along if not already in possession of the capacity to enrich it to weapons grade!  If the television networks know it, so must the President’s advisors!

 

            The nuclear arrangement between Russia and Iran amounts to very big business, no doubt about it.  The EU also has major trade arrangements with Iran, which would be interrupted if Israel or the U.S. took military action.  The UN is engaging Iran in “negotiations,” arranging for inspectors and so forth.  Does anybody have deja vu? 

 

            Fox News recently aired a documentary detailing the extent of what is known about Iran’s nuclear program.  It demonstrated how Iranian theocracy has been working feverishly to acquire uranium, develop facilities capable of enrichment and ultimately, weapons production.  Intelligence on the ground and from satellite surveillance shows that Iran is operating no fewer than twelve nuclear facilities.  The documentary also featured interviews proving that Iran’s diplomats have routinely lied to the UN’s nuclear regulatory body in Vienna, about their operations and their intentions, over a period of many years.  The ongoing “negotiations” between Iran’s forked tongued diplomats and the UN’s nuclear regulatory officials are just as useless as all the UN inspections, negotiations and bogus posturing that preceded the war with Iraq.  Unless Washington knows for sure that Iran is not right on the brink of the ability to deploy nuclear weapons, we’re making a huge mistake by playing good-ole-boy with “Vladimir” while we let the United Nations “do its job.”  And here’s the rub, involving shocking reports hardly any mainstream outlets seem inclined to publicize.

 

            Senator Jon Kyl wrote an article some two weeks ago, carried by the Washington Post which told of a hearing held in a Senate Judiciary subcommittee he chairs “on a major threat to the American people…” It involves the threat of a high altitude nuclear detonation that would create an “electromagnetic pulse” devastating to all manner of electronic chips and circuitry within line of sight to the explosion.   That means cars, telephones, computers, televisions, and the supply of electricity.  “Few if any people would die right away,” Kyl writes.  “But the loss of power would have a cascading effect on all aspects of U.S. society.  Communication would be largely impossible.  Lack of refrigeration would leave food rotting in warehouses, exacerbated by a lack of transportation as those vehicles still working simply ran out of gas (which is pumped with electricity).  The inability to sanitize and distribute water would quickly threaten public health, not to mention the safety of anyone in the path of the inevitable fires, which would rage unchecked.  And as we have seen in areas of natural and other disasters, such circumstances often result in a fairly rapid breakdown of social order.”  He goes on to paint a picture so bleak, you don’t even want to imagine it.  He also points out that “hardening” measures to protect military and key infrastructure systems are not in place!

 

            If Iran acquires a nuclear weapon it can pull this off with relative ease!  Both Jon Kyl and a follow-up article carried on World Net Daily report that Iran has conducted successful high-altitude missile detonations, launched from vessels in the Caspian Sea!  “Scientists, including President Reagan’s top science adviser, William R. Graham, say there is no other explanation for such tests than preparation for the deployment of electromagnetic pulse weapons – even one of which could knock out America’s critical electrical and technological infrastructure, effectively sending the continental U.S. back to the 19th century with a recovery time of months or years.”

 

            “Iran will have that capability –at least theoretically- as soon as it has one nuclear bomb ready to arm such a missile.”  And the missiles are already out there in large numbers, and would not require a sophisticated guidance system to carry out such an attack.  The Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse Attack issued a report that opened with the warning that this scenario “might result in the defeat of our military forces.”

 

            You might think that a very real threat of this magnitude would be the subject of intense mainstream media coverage.  But no, there’s been almost none.  The talk circuit is in hot pursuit of the “rationale” for the runaway bride’s irrationality, now in its second week of LIVE coverage. 

 

We see no discussion of any immediate concern over Iran’s imminent ability to explode a nuke high overhead.  The issue was not even raised during the President’s recent press conference.  There’s no sign of it on round-the-clock cable news.  It seems that political correctness and the opinion of fickle former allies hold hostage the really big concerns over national security. 

 

Washington’s most visible domestic response to 9-11 was to treat every airline traveler as a potential terrorist.  It just wouldn’t be right to “discriminate.”  If Middle Easterners get frisked, we all get frisked.  What would the UN say?  What would the Muslim world think?  What would the mainstream papers write?

 

But it doesn’t seem logical that our leaders would stand by and wait for Iran or their terrorist buddies to knock out the underpinnings of U.S. society on account of world opinion and political correctness, does it?  Surely Russian and European business interests or the pompous posturing of UN negotiators couldn’t rate as more important than the threat of radical Islam destroying the American way of life! 

 

You’d think this would cause at least as much consternation as Y-2K!

 

Mark Armstrong
 

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Resources:
History Channel video program on EMP
The Tunguska Explosion (EMP-like explosion)
1997 Congressional Hearings, Special Weapons, Nuclear, Chemical, Biological and Missile

Electromagnetic Pulse
WMD Around the World
Electromagnetic Pulse Risks and Terrorism
The Electromagnetic Bomb - a Weapon of Electrical Mass Destruction
Electromagnetic Bomb - a weapon of mass destruction