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Mini Nukes in the Future

Americans don’t want terrorists to have nuclear weapons, and the Iraq War was based on a similar premise. Yet for all the noise-making and contortions that the world would be safer without nukes going off, the U.S. is ready to make nuclear warfare a reality with “small arms” race, arms which would be capable of delivering strategic explosions and doses of deadly radiation to enemy states. Analysts are concerned this could lead other countries to develop similar weapons, with a wink to the U.S. for removing the taboo of nuclear weapons. With the current wave of terrorist attacks in Iraq, the news may be cause for a different kind of alarm; Instead of attacking troops in a bid to kill them, terrorists could be more vigorously drawn to fighting units in hopes that they could acquire small and portable nuclear arms that could be used against civilians in densely populated areas.

Posted by Stephen VanDyke at September 18, 2003 12:59 PM