Friday, April 14, 2006

The Potential Human Toll of An Attack on Iran

Courtesy of The Progressive, this estimate is genuinely horrifying. If Bush and his controllers are insane enough to use nuclear weapons to attack Iran, the human losses could be staggering. For me, the salient passage was this:

“The number of deaths could exceed a million, and the number of people with increased cancer risks could exceed 10 million,” according to a backgrounder by the Union of Concerned Scientists from May 2005.

The National Academy of Sciences studied these earth-penetrating nuclear weapons last year. They could “kill up to a million people or more if used in heavily populated areas,” concluded the report, which was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Physicians for Social Responsibility examined the risks of a more advanced buster-bunker weapon, and it eerily tabulated the toll from an attack on the underground nuclear facility in Esfahan, Iran. “Three million people would be killed by radiation within two weeks of the explosion, and 35 million people in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India, would be exposed to increased levels of cancer-causing radiation,” according to a summary of that study in the backgrounder by the Union of Concerned Scientists.
It's time to rise up, folks. There must be NO PRE-EMPTIVE ATTACK ON IRAN, especially one that uses nuclear weapons. Iran can be controlled by deterrence, in exactly the same way the United States controlled the USSR for forty years. Bush and his thugs are talking about nothing less than starting a Third World War. Even a conventional air attack could trigger this. We must stop the Bush Administration NOW. The stakes are enormous.

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