Sunday, April 16, 2006

Feinstein speaks out on Iran

The Bush administration's disingenuous threats of a preemptive nuclear first strike against Iran remind me of small children playing with matches, children with no idea of the harm they could cause. California Senator Dianne Feinstein provides a warning in the LA Times that a lot more is at stake than kids burning down their house.
There are some in this administration who have been pushing to make nuclear weapons more "usable." They see nuclear weapons as an extension of conventional weapons. This is pure folly.

As a matter of physics, there is no missile casing sufficiently strong to thrust deep enough into concrete or granite to prevent the spewing of radiation. Nuclear "bunker busters" would kill tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of people across the Middle East.

This would be a disastrous tragedy. First use of nuclear weapons by the United States should be unthinkable. A preemptive nuclear attack violates a central tenet of the "just war" and U.S. military traditions.
I sure hope somone is listening.

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