As I was planning and writing this week's blogs, Mr. D.W. contacted me and shared a disturbing video that is making the rounds on the internet and on YouTube, and the claims are that tactical nuclear weapons are being used in Yemen by (you guessed it) Israel at the behest of Saudi Arabia. We'll get back to these claims in a moment. But first, here's the disturbing video on You Tube:
There are indeed a number of disturbing signatures of nuclear weapons here. The most significant of these is the obvious mushroom cloud with apparent continued combustion of material in the cloud itself.
But as I put it in my brief conversation with Mr. D.W., "Though these bare the signatures of nuclear weapons, I suspect they might also be fuel-air or thermobaric bombs, which can often appear nuclear (if you google "Father of all bombs" you'll see the test of a large Russian weapon of this type and see what I mean. At one point in this video above(at approximately 1:58), there are little shimmering DOTS around the detonation, which to me is a clear signature of the types of metalizicised aerosol of such bombs setting up a chain molecule in the atmosphere which is then exploded using the atmosphere itself as part of the explosive fuel. And incidentally, the signature of such weapons is a double explosion, the first dispersing the material, and then the detonation of that material itself, so I am not entirely comfortable in saying these are solely nuclear attacks. I think they may equally be medium-sized FAEs or thermobaryic devices." One sees, in fact, at the beginning of this video, a small detonation followed by a much larger one. Typical nuclear weapons do not have this signature.
There was a similar video two years ago from Syria:
Again, one sees a typical signature of a nuclear weapon with continued combustion in the cloud, but the explosion itself, if it were nuclear, should have momentarily bleached and blacked out the camera with radiation(and rendered it inoperable with electromagnetic pulse), a point which indicates not a nuclear explosion, but a detonation more typical of a very large fuel-air or thermobaryic bomb, which can indeed be made to be as large as a tactical nuclear weapon. In point of fact, as I observed years ago in Reich of the Black Sun, these types of devices - though they are "conventional" explosive weapons - can be made large enough to function as strategic bombardment weapons, as the second video vividly demonstrates (if in fact this was such a weapon, as I suspect it to be). While the detonation to me has all the signatures of a thermobaric or fuel-air bomb, it's that disturbing combustion in the cloud however, that must of necessity leave the door open.
As I observed to Mr. D.W., the only way to decide with a certainty is to take ambient radioactivity measurements, and preferably also measurements at the site itself, to determine which type of weapon it was. Thus far, to my knowledge, there are no reports of abnormally heightened radioactivity. In the absence of that, and given some of the peculiar signatures of the large conventional bombs, I am leaning toward the themobaryc/fuel air bomb explanation.
What I find so profoundly disturbing and upsetting is the fact that the use of such weapons - whether tactical nukes or the equally destructive thermobaryc and fuel-air bombs - indicates a very technologically sophisticated power is behind this. The nuclear powers are well known: the USA, UK, France, Russia, China, Pakistan, India, and Israel, and probably Germany and Japan. The "thermobaryc" powers are a different ball game, however, since it is widely rumored that these types of extremely powerful conventional explosives were the unforeseen products of developments within the thermonuclear programs of various countries, which limits the list above to a different circle: the USA, France, Russia, UK, China, and Russia, and probably "non-nuclear" states with the technological sophistication and knowledge to make them(Germany, Japan, Brazil, Israel, Italy), Assuming these videos are not being faked or computer-generated(and I don't think they are), then there are sophisticated players on the scene in Yemen and Syria, and they're playing for keeps. The disturbing thing about such weapons is, as is evident, they deliver an enormous "kick", without all the radioactive fallout problems associated with nuclear weapons.
Which makes such weapons usable. And someone is apparently using them.
And it is that, plus the apparently total blackout in the media, not just in the West, but in the East, that I find so profoundly disturbing.
But there are other disturbing possibilities too, and that is the possibility that these videos might, actually, be faked. And if that's the case, then, again, whoever is doing it is taking a huge risk of a different nature, for my point the finger to "the usual suspects" in the Middle East - Israel and Saudi Arabia - they might be inviting the very type of responses and measures down on their heads that they have summoned.
Either way, folks, it's a measure of the insanity and evil abroad in the world, and that's disconsolation enough for one day.
See you on the flip side...