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Commentary :: Human Rights
BTL:Use of Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Iran Would Kill Hundreds of Thousands
21 Apr 2006
Interview with Dr. Kurt Gottfried, chairman of the Union of Concerned Scientists, conducted by Between the Lines' Scott Harris
Use of Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Iran Would Kill Hundreds of Thousands

Interview with Dr. Kurt Gottfried, chairman of the Union of Concerned Scientists, conducted by Scott Harris

News reports by Seymour Hersh and other media outlets that the U.S. is planning for an attack against Iran's nuclear research facilities, included the prospect that the Bush administration was considering the use of tactical nuclear weapons to destroy underground bunkers. While the story made headlines across the world, much of the reporting on this issue within the United States had a kind of unconcerned tone and avoided looking into the grave consequences of their use.

The U.S. is the only nation in the world to have ever used nuclear weapons when it attacked the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the conclusion of World War II. But apart from the deployment of thousands of nuclear missiles and threat of mutual annihilation used as a deterrent during the Cold War with the Soviet Union, successive American governments have rarely used the threat of atomic attack as part of the nation's military doctrine. But since coming into office, President Bush has pursued funding for the development of a new class of battlefield nuclear weapons, while lowering the threshold for their use.

Between The Lines Scott Harris spoke with Dr. Kurt Gottfried, chairman of the Union of Concerned Scientists and emeritus professor of Physics at Cornell University, about U.S. planning for the use of nuclear weapons against Iran. Gottfried warns of the incentive such threats provide weaker nations to obtain nuclear weapons and the massive casualties that could result from a limited nuclear attack.

Contact Union of Concerned Scientists by calling (202) 331-5420 or visit their website at www.ucsusa.org

Related links:


"The Nuclear Bunker Buster: Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator," animation from the Union of Concerned Scientists at www.ucsusa.org

"Reports Say Pentagon Planning Attack on Iran," Interview with Robert Scheer, journalist and author, conducted by Scott Harris, Between The Lines, Week Ending 4/21/06

" Parallel Deceptions: The Bush Agenda for War in Iraq and Iran," Former U.N. Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter's speech in audio CD or video DVD format

"U.S. Is Studying Military Strike Options on Iran: Any Mix of Tact, Threats Alarms Critics," by Peter Baker, Dafna Linzer and Thomas E. Ricks, Washington Post , April 9, 2006

"The Iran Plans: Would President Bush go to war to stop Tehran from getting the bomb?" by Seymour M. Hersh, The New Yorker, April 17, 2006

"U.S. Plans Strike to Topple Iran Regime - Report," The Guardian, April 10, 2006

"How Crazy Are They?" by William Rivers Pitt, www.truthout.org, April 11, 2006

"Yes He Would," by Paul Krugman,The New York Times, April 10, 2006
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Correction
21 Apr 2006
" BTL:Use of Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Iran Would Kill Hundreds of Thousands"


Of Iranians.
Re: BTL:Use of Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Iran Would Kill Hundreds of Thousands
21 Apr 2006
For a regime and a people who have killed hundreds of thousands over the years, it would be fitting justice.
Re: BTL:Use of Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Iran Would Kill Hundreds of Thousands
21 Apr 2006
And you want a nuclear armed Iran ?
Re: BTL:Use of Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Iran Would Kill Hundreds of Thousands
21 Apr 2006
Given the choice between a nuclear *armed* Iran and a nuclear *destroyed* Iran, I would take the latter.

That was beautiful rhetoric wasn't it?