October 26, 2012
WHEN THE BIG ONE drops, I suggest we all head to Philadelphia Brewing Co. 's massive 19th-century brewhouse in Kensington. Have you ever seen the rock-solid walls and floors in that place? They'd hold up to all but a direct hit, and even if the rest of the city is a smoldering wasteland, we'd have plenty of beer for the apocalypse. People aren't so consumed by the threat of a nuclear holocaust these days. It's terrorists that have us most worried. And zombies. But 50 years ago, at the height of the Cold War, atomic bombs were a big deal.
February 27, 2003
THE THIRD World War will make World War II look like a baby war. What good is the U.N.? According to the press, we are in Iraq already, without being sanctioned by the U.N. Many nations lay their weapons on the table of destruction. Israel, England, Russia, China, Pakistan, India and the United States have nuclear bombs, so how can Iraq threaten the world? Moses Cook, Philadelphia On Feb. 22, you ran a letter from a woman asking why North Philadelphia was left out of the survey "Does Philly Want War?"
March 29, 1990 |
Six months ago, customs agents asked a Massachusetts-based firm, EG&G Inc., to supply de-activated triggering devices, or krytrons, as part of a sting operation, according to EG&G president Donald M. Kerr. The Wellesley, Mass., company is the sole U.S. manufacturer of krytrons, which are small, fingernail-sized tubes that can emit electronic pulses in less than a microsecond. They are key elements in triggering nuclear bombs, and although they have non-military applications their production and sale is strictly controlled by the U.S. government.
April 2, 1990 |
President Saddam Hussein today admitted that Iraq has sophisticated binary chemical weapons and warned that if Israel attacked it Iraq will retaliate and destroy half of the Jewish state. In a speech broadcast by the state-run radio, Hussein denied Iraq was trying to build nuclear weapons. He lashed out at Western criticism of what U.S. and British authorities said were clandestine efforts by Baghdad to smuggle parts for nuclear weapons and over the March 15 execution of British-based reporter Farzan Bazoft on spying charges.
November 8, 1999 |
Local congressman Curt Weldon is making headlines with claims that Russia has buried dozens of suitcase-sized nuclear bombs in the United States. "There is no doubt that the Soviets stored material in this country. The question is what and where," Weldon, a Republican House member from Delaware County, told the New York Post in a story published yesterday. Weldon did not return repeated phone calls yesterday to his home in Aston, Delaware County. Weldon told the Post that the FBI won't ask its former Cold War foe what happened to the 10 kiloton nuclear bombs.
November 8, 2006
THERE IS only one way to win a war: Total and complete destruction of the enemy, whether it be terrorists of Hezbollah, al Qaeda or Sadaam Hussein's evil regime. The only reason we're having problems in the Middle East is our need to fight a "compassionate war," which is simply a contradiction in terms. War is a terrible thing, to be avoided at all costs, but if evil makes that impossible, threatening man's God-given right to freedom and happiness, then it must be fought for complete and total surrender.
August 7, 1995 |
Those "heroes" and "heroines" of the '60s never saw a cause worth fighting for or a war worth winning. They have now delivered the final insult. As the anniversary of the end of World War II approaches, they are reaching back a generation and demeaning their parents' sacrifice, patriotism and decisiveness, saying there was no need and no excuse for dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Even The Washington Post was offended by a purely propagandistic program narrated by Peter Jennings on ABC. Reviewer Ken Ringle called it "an ingenue's stroll down the narrow tunnels of academic revisionism with only occasional intimations that larger truths may lie outside.
April 16, 2006
Oh, God. It's all happening again. The scare-mongering, the dark talk of nuclear bombs handed off to terrorists. The rumblings about "regime change" and popular uprising. The up-tempo war planning done to a chorus of think-tank bravado. The smirky denials from the Pentagon. The acolytes chattering about the President's sense of history. Americans have seen this movie. It is called Operation Iraqi Freedom, and it grinds on bloodily to this day. Now, the camera shifts to Iran.
November 1, 2003 |
Five days after the White House blocked their plans to travel to North Korea, Rep. Curt Weldon (R., Pa.) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers have complained directly to President Bush about ill treatment from his national security staff. A letter dated Thursday accused Bush's national security team of "arrogant and disrespectful" treatment. The five Republicans and five Democrats who would constitute the delegation told Bush they were "offended" and believed "you are being ill-served by your National Security Council staff.
July 16, 1987 |
In a case that began with an arrest in Philadelphia and quickly mushroomed into an international incident, the government of Pakistan today denied that it is building nuclear weapons. A Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman told reporters in Islamabad that his government was not responsible for the actions of a Pakistani native charged here Friday with trying to ship a key ingredient in nuclear bombs to his homeland. "Neither the government of Pakistan nor any of its agencies sponsored any violation of the export laws of the United States," the spokesman said.