How to Anticipate and Avoid Nuclear Terror
by Bohdan O. Szuprowicz – http://nuke-geopolitics.blogspot.com
Nuclear Terror. It is not a question if, but when, where, and how it happens. It does not matter anymore who will do it. After development of nuclear weapons by a pipsqueak country like North Korea it is clears that nuclear proliferation is well alive and ticking.
What is unnerving and new is the fact that it may be impossible to determine who is to blame and where to retaliate or even take preventive action to avoid nuclear terror. Even if we know it is being done to support the independence of the Basques in Spain or the Zapatistas in Mexico, there will not be a distinct target to retaliate. And if we keep in mind that there are at least 40 regions in the world where insurgency is simmering and new leaders are positioning themselves to take advantage of the latest technologies, we should not sleep peacefully at night.
What is misleading is the fact that countries are tightening security measures all over the world in the belief that this will minimize or eliminate the threat. Nothing could be farther from the final truth. As we make it more difficult to obtain freedom or autonomy for so called oppressed minorities, wherever they may be, by tightening security they will sooner or later realize that only possession and blackmail with a nuclear weapon will bring them to the attention of the world. That unfortunately is the future of the nuclear proliferation genie and it is being understood by an ever increasing number of insurgent fighters and politicos.
The main issue for a small business is to make sure it survives and continues to operate when confronted with a nuclear terror situation wherever it bay be taking place. First of all organizations must determine how they are affected by a nuclear terror event. It is best to determine if the headquarters or major facilities exist near a potential nuclear terror target These include military bases, command and control centers, missile launch facilities, ports, airports, major cities administrations, power plants, public arenas, transportation hubs, and communications centers. Retaliation facilities particularly in the United States should be seen as some of the most likely targets.
Fallout radiation plumes and predominant weather patterns must then be taken into account to determine if the business is located on the path of any possible fallout or is close enough to the target to suffer damage from the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) effect. Such advance analysis yields alternatives for relocating critical facilities to areas with minimal nuclear terror threats where independent backup databases can be maintained. Operations duplicated in more secure areas could provide alternative centers if primary facilities are made inoperative.
Such centers should provide fresh water, uncontaminated foods, medicines, batteries, fuels, seeds and shelter for key organization personnel. This also implies a supply of cash, barter goods and private security force with weapons and ammunition. Ability to produce energy and alcohol from local raw materials, fishing and hunting, would be an advantage. EMP effects may force operation without electric power. A critical issue is maintenance of communications with employees, clients and authorities without conventional services. This implies storage of fuels and use of crank radios, motorcycle messengers, bicycles, horses, and sailboats for communications.
What all this means is development of alternative suppliers and contacts to make sure all such products and services can be available after the nuclear terror attack. (565 words)
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