Hey everybody, guess what? The terrorists invading Iraq to set up an Islamic State, explicitly committed to violent attacks against Western civilization, just found all the uranium Iraq wasn’t supposed to have! But don’t worry, they probably can’t use it to make a nuclear bomb. Probably. And even if they do, liberals would be able to easily disarm the bomb by denying it exists.
Insurgents in Iraq have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the country’s north, Iraq told the United Nations in a letter appealing for help to “stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad.”
Nearly 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of uranium compounds were kept at Mosul University, Iraq’s U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the July 8 letter obtained by Reuters on Wednesday.
“Terrorist groups have seized control of nuclear material at the sites that came out of the control of the state,” Alhakim wrote, adding that such materials “can be used in manufacturing weapons of mass destruction.”
“These nuclear materials, despite the limited amounts mentioned, can enable terrorist groups, with the availability of the required expertise, to use it separate or in combination with other materials in its terrorist acts,” said Alhakim.
He warned that they could also be smuggled out of Iraq.
Well, it’s a damn good thing the U.S. border is sealed up tight as a drum.
A U.S. government source familiar with the matter said the materials were not believed to be enriched uranium and therefore would be difficult to use to manufacture into a weapon. Another U.S. official familiar with security matters said he was unaware of this development raising any alarm among U.S. authorities.
And we all know the intelligence community never makes any mistakes when it comes to such matters. Especially not in the uber-competent Age of Obama, featuring a chief executive who claims to learn everything about the world by watching TV a few days after scandals and disasters occur.
“The Republic of Iraq is notifying the international community of these dangerous developments and asking for help and the needed support to stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad,” Alhakim wrote.
Iraq acceded to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material on Monday, said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The convention requires states to protect nuclear facilities and material in peaceful domestic use, storage and transport.
“It also provides for expanded cooperation between and among states regarding rapid measures to locate and recover stolen or smuggled nuclear material, mitigate any radiological consequences of sabotage, and prevent and combat related offences,” according to the IAEA.
They just acceded to that convention on Monday, huh? I can’t help thinking it should have been given a bit more of a priority, ideally before a swarm of kill-crazed terrorists took over a city that housed 88 pounds of uranium and declared themselves to be a new world power. They’ve also got 2500 rockets full of chemical weapons, but it’s okay because the gas is probably too old to be super-dangerous, and anyway there are no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, so just forget this entire paragraph.
This business of dismissing the threat because the uranium probably isn’t enriched to weapons-grade is weird. Granted that the Iraqis have incentives to make the threat seem as dire as possible, to encourage swift international insistence, but Ambassador Alhakim is not speaking unreasonably when he warns that uranium could be mixed with other things that reliably go “boom” to create a dirty-bomb threat. It has been said that the psychological terror value of a dirty-bomb explosion would exceed the actual number of casualties it created. I’d rather not put that to the test.
Not to be outdone, the Hamas gangsters currently waging war against our ally Israel took a stab at hitting a nuclear reactor with rockets yesterday, as reported by the Jerusalem Post:
Three rockets were launched at Dimona in southern Israel on Wednesday afternoon. The Iron Dome intercepted one rocket before it could land, while two other rockets landed in open areas.
Dimona is the location of Israel’s nuclear reactor. There was no indication that rockets damaged any part of the reactor.
Hooray for the Iron Dome! I wonder how this would have gone if the Israelis had believed the American Left and concluded that effective missile defense is impossible.
Well, I’m sure that was probably just an accident. Remember, the Israelis are cruel and vicious SOBs because Hamas keeps throwing civilians in the path of their precision strikes on terrorist targets, but it doesn’t matter that Hamas deliberately targets civilians with random murder weapons, roughly as accurate as your grandpa trying to play cornhole without his glasses after downing a tequila shots.
Hamas claimed responsibility for the rockets, stating that it had been attempting to hit the nuclear reactor.
Oh. Not a mistake, then. Another pair of Hamas missiles reached Haifa, a 100-mile journey that represents the furthest our peace-loving Palestinian unity government has managed to lob a random murder weapon yet. They’ve got enough missiles for about 10,000 more tries at hitting that nuclear reactor, but some people think the Israelis should forget about all that and go back to tolerating daily rocket attacks, or ideally surrender and give the terrorists everything they want, because civilization is highly over-rated.