“How Bad Would A Radiological Terror Attack Be?”

Answer: Bad, but how bad depends on what the weapon is.

It’s “no secret” that organizations like Al-Qaeda and ISIS “are interested in securing nuclear materials so they can use them for terrorist attacks,” Dr. Timothy Jorgensen, a professor of radiation medicine at Georgetown University and the author of Strange Glow: The Story of Radiation, told an audience at the Center for Strategic International Studies on Monday.

How might we be able to predict the effect of a particular attack? The type and size of bomb, materials used, detonation from the air versus ground, population density, and even wind can help us to predict increases in cancer risk, deaths from a bomb’s blast, and the timing of deaths from radiation sickness.

Conclusions drawn: 1) Best to stay on *this* side of that Potomac, and 2) best to strike the enemy in his homeland, and not wait ’til he slimes his way over here by hook or crook.

You know what? Just for fun I’d like to see a diagram like that, except overlaying the blast zone of a 15kt weapon on, say, Mecca. Yeah. That’d work. Like my former mother-in-law used to say, “That’s the time to get ’em, when their heads on the ground and their asses are in the air.”

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About vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent OPFOR.com as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on OPFOR.com, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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