Estimates on the amount of deaths that these bombings in short succession caused are difficult to judge. But most guesses eclipse 200,000.
Now fast forward from 1945 to the present day. After all, lots of things have changed.
But when it comes to the threat of country to country nuclear attacks, the fact that we are so technologically advanced and so weapon ready is a large scale deterrent to those countries that would seek to do us harm. After all, if a country were to attack us, what would they receive in return?
Unfortunately, Bin Laden and Al Qaeda are a different story. After all, if they were to set off a nuclear bomb in the United States what would we be able to do? Who would we attack in return?
It's complicated. But for all of you out there that believe this could never happen, think again. The fact is that Al Qaeda documents indicate that Bin Laden and friends are planning an American Hiroshima. And they may just already have the nuclear weapons, people.
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Basically, he testified that as a Soviet spy he was asked to find drop sites where Soviet nuclear weapons could be placed in the country. Suitcase bombs. And though he does not apparently know exactly where these weapons may currently be hidden, the fact that he was asked to search for these sites is alarming enough.
No one really knows how many nuclear weapons may currently be hidden in the United States.
Here's what we do know, though. Spetsnaz forces (Russian special forces) have been contacted and are in discussions with Bin Laden and Al Qaeda according to captured terrorist leaders and documents. Could these discussions be centered on finding the Russian weapons that were hidden on U.S. soil?
You're darned right they could.
On top of that, it is believed that Al Qaeda and Bin Laden are trying to make their own nuclear weapons and may already have the materials to do so. And to boot, the worst part is that it is believed Al Qaeda may already have nuclear weapons in our country.
According to Paul L. Williams- a former FBI consultant- two suitcase bombs were smuggled into the United States by Al Qaeda operatives coming across the Mexico border soon after September 11th.
Add all of this in with the fact that intelligence tells us that Bin Laden and Al Qaeda mean to set off an American Hiroshima, and one has to be more than concerned.
Unfortunately, the likely targets would be cities with large Jewish populations, according to an article at WorldNetDaily (see link at the bottom of this article).
Along with this, New York, Miami, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, and Washington D.C. are at risk. Further, the top two targets are apparently D.C. and New York, which is no surprise. Obviously, if this were to happen in all of these cities, the death toll from the bombs alone would be catastrophic.
But the plot doesn't appear to stop there.
According to the same WorldNetDaily story, thousands of terrorist sleeper agents are in our county right now awaiting orders. The question is, orders for what?
There is evidence to suggest that these cells plan on attacking targets on the ground before the nuclear weapons are detonated in this American Hiroshima plan. Further, it's certainly possible that these sleeper terrorists might be used against suburban America after the weapons have already been detonated.
The worst part? The WorldNetDaily story mentioned above even goes as far as to indicate that some of the evidence suggests that Al Qaeda has already begun to search for dates to get this going.
Some of these are September 11th, August 6th (the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombings), and May 14th (the anniversary of the recreation of the state of Israel).
In sum, the fact that there is even the possibility of such a thing happening should have you worried enough to get ready for this possibility on an individual level (read up on the survival articles at the site).
What's more, when you make your decisions politically - like when voting for the president - it might be best to consider who you think could get the country through such times.