No, that’s not a typo in the title. Ever wonder what would happen if a nuke went off over Manhattan? This should give you some idea. Excerpt:
Within tens of minutes, everything within approximately five to seven miles of Midtown Manhattan would be engulfed by a gigantic firestorm. The fire zone would cover a total area of 90 to 152 square miles (230 to 389 square kilometers). The firestorm would rage for three to six hours. Air temperatures in the fire zone would likely average 400 to 500 degrees Fahrenheit (200 to 260 Celsius).
After the fire burned out, the street pavement would be so hot that even tracked vehicles could not pass over it for days. Buried, unburned material from collapsed buildings throughout the fire zone could burst into flames when exposed to air—months after the firestorm had ended.
Those who tried to escape through the streets would have been incinerated by the hurricane-force winds filled with firebrands and flames. Even those able to find shelter in the lower-level sub-basements of massive buildings would likely suffocate from fire-generated gases or be cooked alive as their shelters heated to oven-like conditions.
The fire would extinguish all life and destroy almost everything else. Tens of miles downwind of the area of immediate destruction, radioactive fallout would begin to arrive within a few hours of the detonation.
Why bring this scenario to the fore now? It’s startlingly relevant; the Obama Administration is brokering a kick-the-can deal that will make it easier for Iran to build their much-anticipated nuclear weapon. Once Iran has their nukes, how long will it be before one goes off over a Western city? And, for the bunch of apocalyptic shitbags running Iran, what more tempting target than New York?
Granted they don’t have (yet) delivery systems that are even up to Cold War Soviet standards, which the scenario above describes.
Talk about your Axis of Evil.
The last nuke torched off in anger was over Nagasaki in August of 1945, but it was only the last so far. There will, inevitably, be another. And it almost certainly won’t be an American nuke. The question is this: What will our response be when that drastic event happens?
If the current President is still in the Imperial Mansion, it will almost certainly be anemic and ineffective. That, True Believers, will be a response that invites more aggression, not less. If we can learn anything from history, we can learn that.