Nuclear War Insanity from the Universities? No. By James Reed
A Princeton University study on the fallout from global nuclear war, has upset our Russian friends, who have interrupted the study, I think incorrectly, as saying that such a war is doable:
“We're continuing our talk about the most important matters. A lyrical digression - American scientists at Princeton University have estimated how many would die in a full-scale nuclear conflict between Russia and the US. The number is not comforting - almost 60 million people killed. If counting the wounded - 96 million people. Why would they conduct such research? We don't understand, but this footage is impressive, and the results are nightmarish. “Nuclear warning shots. Russia launches a nuclear warning shot from a base near Kaliningrad. NATO retaliates with a single tactical nuclear air strike. The tactical plan. Russia sends 300 nuclear warheads via aircraft and short- and intermediate-range missiles to hit NATO bases. NATO responds with 180 nuclear warheads. The number of immediate casualties: 2.6 million over three hours. The counterforce plan. With Europe destroyed, NATO launches a strategic strike of 600 warheads from US land and submarine-based missiles aimed at Russian nuclear forces. Russia launches a retaliatory strike. The number of immediate casualties: 3.4 million over 45 minutes. The countervalue plan. Russia and NATO each target the other's 30 most populated cities, using 5-10 warheads on each city. The number of immediate casualties: 85.3 million over 45 minutes. The number of immediate casualties - 91.5 million, including 34.1 million fatalities and 57.4 million injuries. - What a nightmare, Princeton University... We wish you all happiness and a long life. Anyway, let's reach an agreement...”
“More than 90 million people would be killed or injured in a nuclear war between the US and Russia if a conventional conflict went too far, according to a new simulation created by researchers. Such a scenario has become “dramatically” more plausible in the last two years because the two countries have dropped support for arms-control measures, according to a team from Princeton University. The simulation, the result of a study at Princeton‘s Science and Global Security programme (SGS), suggests 34 million people would be killed and 57 million injured in the first hours of an all-out nuclear conflagration – not counting those left ill by fallout and other long-term problems. In the animation, electronic trails of ballistic missiles arc across the screen, before blossoming into a carpet of white discs. Worldwide destruction would include the nuclear incineration of Europe, which the Princeton scientists claimed could be brought about by the escalation of a conventional war between Russia and NATO.”
Thus, the study is better seen as showing the apocalyptic effects of nuclear war, one of which will be global cooling, and mass starvation. People will soon look back with fondness at the old global warming scenario as the good old days.