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Al Qaeda About To Control Pakistan's 100+ A-Bombs. What If They Use Them?

Updated on April 23, 2009

The Pakistani government recently gave in and provided the Taliban something that the fanatical fundamentalist Muslim group ardently desired: implementation of Islamic Shari'a law in the Swat Valley. The government had hoped that Taliban’s demands would be satisfied. However, that most definitely was not the case.

In the past days, the Taliban has thoroughly consolidated control over the district of Buner and are currently moving on Mansehra and Haripur, two regions that are just a few miles from the major cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

What would occur if (or some would say when) the Taliban enter Islamabad? They would then most likely control the Pakistani government.

Most people reading this Hub are now saying... yeah, so what? Why should I care what a bunch of Taliban are doing in faraway Pakistan?

Well... you should care. Why? Pakistan is a very heavily armed nuclear power. From Wikipedia:

In 2000, US Military intelligence estimated that Pakistan's nuclear arsenal may be as large as 100 warheads. The actual size is hard for experts to gauge owing to the secrecy which surrounds the program in Pakistan. In recent developments, retired Brig. General Feroz Khan, previously second in command at the Strategic Arms Division of Pakistans' Military told a Pakistani newspaper the nation has "about 80 to 120 genuine warheads."

That essentially means that there are approximately 100 nuclear warheads which could very likely be in the hands of the Taliban and Al Qaeda by year's end.

What does that mean? Let's take a look at an example of what would occur with just one of these warheads in New York City:

One of Pakistan's 150 kiloton nuclear bombs has just been detonated in the middle of the day at the corner of Fifth Avenue and East 34th St., on the block of the Empire State Building.

Detonation + 1 Second

 In one second the shock wave blasts outwards at 20 psi, destroying any reinforced concrete and steel buildings. The fireball has a radius of over 1,000 feet. This first circle contains 75,000 people in the day. They will mostly be vaporized.

Detonation + 5 Seconds

 Five seconds after detonation the shock wave has blasted out over a mile at a pressure of over 10 psi. Although not every building will immediately collapse, all will be damaged beyond recognition. At this point in time, 300,000 people are dead and over 100,000 severely injured.

Detonation + 7 Seconds

 Seven seconds after detonation the shock wave is now over one and a half miles in radius, three miles in diameter, covering an area of over 4 square miles with an overpressure of 5 psi.  Most buildings inside this ring are damaged beyond repair. There are 500,000 people in this outermost ring. Approximately half will be killed immediately and the other half trapped or severely injured. By now massive fires have ignited most of central Manhattan which will continue to spread for at least 24 to 48 hours unchecked.

Detonation + 10 Seconds

 Ten seconds after detonation, the ring of overpressure has reached 2 psi and a five mile diameter. Some buildings will continue to stand although with severe damage, blown out windows, etc. Of the 750,000 people in this outermost ring, one third are dead, and the rest are injured to some degree.

Detonation + 15 Seconds

Fifteen seconds after detonation, the band is now eight miles in diameter, and there is no building within the area which has not been either totally destroyed or damaged to some extent. Of the 500,000 people in this outermost ring, most of whom will evade serious injury, but may be permanently flashblinded. Keep in mind all of this has happened in half the time it takes to watch a 30 second TV commercial.

Radioactive Fallout

Long term fallout will render the gray and black areas uninhabitable for decades or even centuries. The gray area will kill approximately 25% of the humans exposed to it within 30 days. The black area will kill approximately 60% of the humans exposed to it within 30 days.

Out of a total population of three million within the outermost ring, 830,000 will be dead, and another 875,000 injured. It is quite likely that the remaining individuals will suffer radiation sickness which will eventually claim their lives through cancers and other side effects.

The Taliban is just a few days away from possibly turning over control of Pakistan's 100+ nuclear warheads directly to Al Qaeda. The effects of this bomb on New York could be duplicated in every major city in North America and Europe.

  • Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Arlington, Texas
  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Austin, Tex.
  • Baltimore, Md.
  • Boston, Mass.
  • Charlotte, N.C.
  • Chicago, Ill.
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Dallas, Tex.
  • Denver, Colo.
  • Detroit, Mich.
  • El Paso, Tex.
  • Fort Worth, Tex.
  • Fresno, Calif.
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Houston, Tex.
  • Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Kansas City, Mo.
  • Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Long Beach, Calif.
  • Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Louisville/Jefferson County, Ky.
  • Memphis, Tenn.
  • Mesa, Ariz.
  • Miami, Fla.
  • Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Nashville-Davidson, Tenn.
  • New Orleans, La.
  • New York, N.Y.
  • Oakland, Calif.
  • Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • Omaha, Nebr.
  • Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Portland, Ore.
  • Sacramento, Calif.
  • St. Louis, Mo.
  • San Antonio, Tex.
  • San Diego, Calif.
  • San Francisco, Calif.
  • San Jose, Calif.
  • Seattle, Wash.
  • Tucson, Ariz.
  • Tulsa, Okla.
  • Virginia Beach, Va.
  • Washington, DC
  • Wichita, Kans.

...and fifty more around the world. All gone. In seconds. London, Rome, Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, Sydney, Toronto... all vaporized. If all 100 nuclear warheads are detonated in these cities there will be at least 200 million immediately dead and another 300 million left to die of radiation sickness and other side effects.

Can anything be done to stop this inexorable advance of the Taliban towards taking over Pakistan at this point in time? Most likely not. Osama Bin Laden is just about to get his hands on over 100 city-annihilating atomic bombs and nothing can stop him. Not that President Obama seems to even have noticed. There has been absolutely not a single major diplomatic consideration extended by the United States of America State Department towards Pakistan since President Barack Hussein Obama came into office.

Yeah... so when you look at the whole situation in this manner... that's why you should care.

Therefore, I strongly suggest that you consider joining me (or feel free to insert your own particular belief's prayer):

Our Father, which art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done,
in earth as it is in heaven.


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    • amuqeet profile image


      6 years ago

      come on u guys i mean hell so even in case they do get their hands on them then what ? u think its like grenade that they can just u know blow it up dude its a process and to intiate that process they need like source codes to activate it that resides with the presedent or the prime minister plz educate ur self

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      Yes, there is undeniable collaboration in the nation's "maintenance" of the Taliban, but I am still of the opinion that Musharraf would never have let things go so badly in the Swat Valley.

    • flread45 profile image


      9 years ago from Montana

      I agree with you hal on this subject.I also wrote a hub on Is pakistan the godfather of the Taliban.

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      I'm afraid that Israel will find itself immediately threatened to the point where it may launch pre-emptive strikes to ensure that the Taliban doesn't get their hands on those weapons. That would be a complete recipe for global disaster. Let's pray that never happens.

    • Christa Dovel profile image

      Christa Dovel 

      9 years ago from The Rocky Mountains, North America

      If the Taliban were to set off the bombs, wouldn't Israel react? I've read that they have nukes pointed at every Arab country around them.

      I pray that there is never nuclear war, and, "Come Lord Jesus, come!" Regardless of war.

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      Hi Paraglider. I am emphatically not a fan of Obama's policies, although I continue to believe that he very well might be a really nice guy. As for doing anything, the "concern" that the Administration has started to show in the past few hours is just another policy doomed to failure. Right in that BBC article is the quote that "The Obama administration is clearly stepping up the pressure on Pakistan's government and security forces to do much more to combat the Taleban." This policy is absurd in that Pakistan's government was unable to do anything of substance against the Taliban under the strongman Musharraf, so wimpy Zardari doesn't stand a chance.

      Hal's "cunning" plan is very simple: UN and/or NATO forces have all the country's nuclear arms moved to the southern coastal area of Pakistan and provide 24 hour massive security for them. They are not there to engage anyone unless they are trying to break through to get the weapons. That way Pakistan still owns and controls the arms but the Taliban can't get to them.

      It seems it's either that or Say Goodnight Gracie. :(

    • Paraglider profile image

      Dave McClure 

      9 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

      Hal - I know you're not an Obama fan, but I think it's not entirely fair to say the Administration hasn't noticed or is doing nothing. For example:

      It's not obvious what the US (or the UN) should do. Unless you have a 'cunning plan'??

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      Well the point is that most of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal is not set up to be moved outside the country. After all, Pakistan certainly isn't going to move nuclear arms to its neighbors Afghanistan or India. And the Armed Forces would never agree to have the nukes taken by the Americans or the Europeans. It's clearly a case of national pride and it may be the downfall of not only that government but widespread disaster as well, perhaps on a global scale. This is a VERY SCARY situation.

    • eovery profile image


      9 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa


      I have been thinking, don't you think Pakistan would have moved, and even hid the bombs? They wouldn't make it that easy for Al Quada.

      But there is still plenty to fear from this.

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      What's Obama doing? As I stated in the Hub:

      "There has been absolutely not a single major diplomatic consideration extended by the United States of America State Department towards Pakistan since President Barack Hussein Obama came into office."

      This situation is completely unbelievable, yet its unfolding at lightning speed right in front of the eyes of the world.

      Thank you, President Obama, for not giving a good damn.

      We're in trouble, folks...

    • eovery profile image


      9 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Holy Crap!

      Thanks for letting us know

      What is Obama doing about this?

      Keep on Hubbing!


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