TUCSON, Ariz., Aug. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After North Korea threatened to attack Guam and its American military bases, residents were given guidelines. "Do not look at the flash or fireball—it can blind you" and "lie flat on the ground and cover your head. If the explosion is some distance away, it could take 30 seconds or more for the blast wave to hit." They are also advised to seek shelter from radiation inside buildings.
All Americans were given such information during the Cold War. "Why are we assuming that North Korea would only attack Guam, if it has the ability to hit Denver and other cities as well?" asks Physicians for Civil Defense president Jane M. Orient, M.D.
Because of such knowledge, which police officers who survived Hiroshima conveyed to their colleagues in Nagasaki, no police officers reportedly died in the second atomic bombing. Civilians who took shelter, instead of watching the bomb fall as in Hiroshima, also survived.
The U.S. has known of North Korea's ability to deploy "miniature" nukes for four years, but the American people were not told, states retired Navy captain Chuck Nash. Satellite images now show that North Korea is about to launch missiles from submarines.
President Reagan proposed the Strategic Defense Initiative, as explained in the 1985 book How to Make Nuclear Weapons Obsolete by the late Robert Jastrow. Derided as "Star Wars," work on SDI played an essential role in the collapse of the Soviet Empire, according to the 2004 video directed by Steve Bannon, In the Face of Evil—Reagan's War in Word and Deed. However, development on space-based defense was aborted, and the U.S. now has only very limited ground-based theater defenses, Dr. Orient said.
"The situation is much more dangerous than the Cuban missile crisis," she added. "The threat is vastly greater, and defenses are virtually nonexistent. Radiation monitors from every state's emergency management department were destroyed or given away. They are now available only from private vendors, as is technology that is far superior."
"It is possible but time-consuming to make your own Kearny Fallout Meter," Dr. Orient stated. "The retail price for a factory-made one is $395."
"It is a national scandal that North Korea's belligerence is in the news at all," writes Brian T. Kennedy. "It is made possible only because of the fecklessness of successive U.S. administrations [that failed] to build a national missile defense capable of stopping a nuclear attack." Kennedy urges President Trump to initiate a crash program to end this vulnerability.
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