Re: go interceptors!

From: John Clark (
Date: Mon Jul 16 2001 - 14:09:19 MDT

Mike Lorrey <> Wrote:

>> ME:
> > Nukes are dirt cheap, during the cold war there were about 100,000 on this small
> > planet and there could be that many again or more if this idiotic star wars thing gets built.

> Says who?

Vladimir Putin. He vowed that if we build this thing he will remove the single warheads on
his rockets and replace them with MIRV ones just like it was back in the bad old days.
MIRV is a horrible invention, it makes missiles more deadly but it also makes them more
vulnerable as they sit in their silos because the other side has MIRV too.
This encourages both sides to hit first.

>If an H-bomb costs $10 million,

Today H bombs are essentially free, the only expensive part is the U235 and Plutonium
and that has already been made. You only need a few pounds to make a bomb and
there are thousands of tons of that crap around.

>Lets say an H bomb can cause $1 billion in damage,

Don't be ridiculous, the explosion of 4 tons of fertilizer caused that much damage in the
World Trade Center, your estimate is off by at least 4 orders of magnitude.
Not to mention that in seconds one bomb could kill more Americans than have died
in all its wars put together, far more.

>and a country has 10,000 of them,

In the cold war both the USA and the USSR had between 50 and 60 thousand, each.

   John K Clark

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