April 13, 2006

Busting bunkers.

Part of the Dubya administration's reputed plans for destroying Iran's nuclear capabilities involve strking its nuclear facilities with nuclear 'bunker busters' — or as those masters of euphemism in the Pentagon like to call them: 'Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrators.' As this animation from the Union of Concerned Scientists shows, this is not only a bad idea, but a dangerous and ineffective one.

Fallout pattern from nuclear bunker buster

Fallout pattern from a bunker buster strike at Isfahan, Iran, 28 hours after detonation. As many as 3 million people could die, and fallout would endanger those downwind in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. Fallout pattern based on a Pentagon simulation. [Graphic: Union of Concerned Scientists]

The Union of Concerned Scientists has more information about bunker busters and the effects of using them if you go here.

Via Suburban Guerrilla.

Posted by Magpie at April 13, 2006 01:31 PM | Iran | Technorati links |