Monday, May 16, 2011

Are the Nuke Warheads Nearby? Worried??

President Obama is scheduled to make a speech this week which will include reference to relationships with Mid-East nations.  I hope mention about nuclear war materials will be made, and perhaps an opportunity will be made to offer reductions in the USA nuke arsenal -- as a gesture toward improving peace potentials.

I did some pondering today and am glad to share these notes with you.  A Ploughshare somewhat recent report says an estimated 2,200 nuke warheads exist in the USA and Russia arsenals.  Assuming that half of those -- 1,100. that is -- are on USA soil, it would mean that on the average, each of our 50 states would house 22 of them.

Can you imagine where the 22 would be placed in Florida?  Maybe 5 in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area.  Then 5 in the Jacksonville Naval Base area.  Another 5 in the Tampa-St. Pete area because of MacDill AFB/Centcom headquarters.  Put 3 in the Pensacola/Elgin AFB area, another 3 in the Cape Canaveral area, and 1 in the Orlando area.

If the proximity of housing a nuke warhead makes the surrounding vicinity vulnerable as a target of enemy missiles, etc., would we in Brandon (10 miles from Tampa) feel danger because of the nearby target, or would we feel more secure because of its presence?

Or, would our attitude be this:  "As a defensive/security matter, the USA must have warheads and nuke warring capabilities, and they have to be positioned somewhere, but please don't put them in my neighborhood!"

If we have 1100 warheads, does that mean they all are housed on USA soil?  Or, has Canada agreed to have some of them installed in their home areas?  Likewise, Mexico?  Or, perhaps Panama, etc.?

Now, if we can get our fellow American citizens to fear nukes enough to have them eradicated, maybe we could then get the citizens in Pakistan, India, North Korea, France, Israel, Russia, etc., likewise fearful -- so the banning of nuclear arsenals could become fact.   For humanity's sake, of course.  But, hey!  Let us not forget that we're all humanity!!
                                                         -- Paul Dinnis

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The USA and Its Post-bin Laden Actions

Our fellow citizens of the USA have rightfully been exuberantly joyful over the extermination of the bin Laden who masterminded the 9/11 massacre.  I endorsed that action and the praise expressed about it.  At the same time, I have thoughts thereto, to share:

1  -- This "victory" should  not be regarded as a political party win;  I am a Democrat, an Obama admirer, but
        the praise should be regarded as the "USA team" team- effort.  Yes, the team happened to be
       peopled mostly by Democrats, but due credit also should be accredited to supportive Republicans and
       the "Bush people" who had struggled honorably with the bin-Laden  situation.

2 -- Understandably, many in Pakistan not only resent our killing of the man, but have felt their nation has
       been violated by the USA military invasion to get the man.   Indeed, what would be the reaction in the
       USA if, say,  the Canadian or Mexican or French military force were to stage a surprise attack on
      Toledo, Ohio to capture or kill a man they regarded as a foe?   The public opinion in the USA would
      be one of rank hatred generating aspirations of vengeance toward that invading nation.   So, let's be
     understanding, here.

3 -- We are concerned about the possibilities of Pakistani use of their nuclear weapons arsenal in wreaking
       retribution upon the USA.  And the anti-USA resentment spreads in most of the Mid-East Muslim
       nations which some day also may have nuclear weapons.  What, indeed, must or can the USA
      do about it?

4 -- My suggestion is that the USA take advantage of  what could be a Golden Opportunity.  And, that is
       to indicate to the peoples throughout the  Mid-East that our dreams  are that the USA can be an
      agent for Peace, an agent for Bettering the Lot of All Peoples.

      How on earth (!!) could the USA do THAT  ???    Here is how:  BY  PROMISING  TO  DESTROY

5 -- Unheard of ?   Yes !!   Impossible ?   Yes, at this point in time, 2011.   But,  theoretically and
       ultimatelly possible ??    Yes, indeed -- when the time comes that the citizens of the USA
       desire to help ourselves and our fellow humans throughout the world continue to exist.

6 -- So, let us all join in efforts to promote Peace, promote Respect, promote Love -- for and among
       all peoples, everywhere !!!   LET  US  INITIATE  THE  ACTION  TO  BRING  EXTINCTION

                                                                           --  Paul Dinnis