Friday, July 16, 2010

Day of Trinity

Today is Friday, 16 July 2010.

Day of Trinity.

On this date in 1945, at 5.29.45am Mountain War Time, the first atomic device was detonated at White Sands Proving Ground, New Mexico. “Trinity” was the code name.

In the pursuit of nuclear supremacy, the USA/USE has spent far in excess of $8 trillion. (That figure is verifiable.)

What is even more unforgivable than the waste of money, is that the ruling regimes of the USA/USE did the same as those of the USSR, building a nuclear weapons system meant for a First Strike. This was unnecessary if the actual motivation had been defense.

The “logic”, as it is laughably called, or rather, as it would be laughably called, were it not part and parcel of genocide, of First Strike, is for a nuclear nation to conduct a surprise attack on an enemy nuclear nation, targeting its nuclear launch assets with overwhelming power, so that the target nation can mount only a feeble response, which, in theory, the military assets of the aggressor nation can “absorb”, while the target nation is left stripped of nuclear capability.

Were such a nuclear exchange to have occurred between the USA/USE and USSR, or should such occur between the USA/USE and the Russian Empire, it is doubtful that either nation would have retained or would retain sufficient military resources to be declared, in any sane sense, “the winner”. The concomitant destruction in Europe and Asia would almost certainly mean that the most commanding military power in the world would be, perhaps Peru, perhaps Upper Volta.

The ostensible reason for the American First Strike capability was to counter that of the USSR. Putting aside the fact that any nuclear war is madness, in the sense that every combatant would be reduced to poverty and ashes, the fact is that the USSR, and now Russia, have always had a far inferior nuclear capability to that of the USA/USE.

This is a fact well-known to American regimes since Eisenhower, and a reality even those outside government could deduce by study of publicly-available information. For example, when Khrushchev boasted that “We’re producing missiles like sausages!”, it was easily discerned that the USSR couldn’t even produce enough sausages. Right-wing fear merchants always loved to trumpet the fact that Soviet missiles and warheads were larger than those of the USA/USE. The slightest study would reveal the reason: Soviet weapons were less accurate and precise, less efficient in destructive power. They needed more bucks and larger everything to produce the same bang that the USA/USE did with smaller missiles and warheads.

While the number of warheads held by the USA/USE and Russian Empire have been reduced, they remain sufficient for First Strikes.

Have a nice day.

On this date in 1951, The Catcher in the Rye, a novel by J. D. Salinger, was published.

Tony Kushner, playwright and author of Angels in America, was born on this date in 1956.

On this date in 1969, Apollo 11 is launched, carrying the first humans who will land on the Moon.


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