Nuclear War Without a War

Hinkley Point C nuclear power station site is seen near Bridgwater in Britain, September 14, 2016.

By Muhammad Riaz Pasha

There are compelling reasons to end production and use of the nuclear material. There is enough highly enriched uranium on hand to fuel non-weapon uses of the fissile material for a century. To be sure, when nuclear goes wrong, it really, really goes wrong. There is huge increase in the number of cancer patients along with death rate of cancer patients in the world.

Unethical and dangerous experimentation undoubtedly continues in secret up to the present time, ostensibly under the guise of “national security.”

What is the greatest challenge humanity faces in this nuclear age?

How do we define security now, in the age of climate change, nuclear energy, and terrorism?

How, as scientists, do we think about time and responsibility in a world with rapidly evolving nuclear technology?

The truth is that most politicians, businessmen, engineers and nuclear physicists have no innate understanding of radiobiology and the way radiations induce cancer, congenital malformations and genetic diseases which are passed generation to generation.

Low dose of ionizing radiation can increase the risk of longer term effects such as cancer. The effects of radiation dose are either prompt or delayed, prompt effects occur within the first several months and delayed effects occur over many years. The delayed effects include cancer and other diseases. Risk estimate assume that even small amount of ionizing radiation pose some risk. No one knows for sure, what levels of radiation is safe? This question is of ongoing interest to scientists and researchers.

In the nuclear arms race, government doctors and scientists brainwashed the public into believing low dose radiation is not harmful. Some officials even tried to convince people that “a little radiation is good for you.” Totally ignored is the knowledge that the radiation from nuclear fallout could lead to an increased risk of cancer, heart disease, neurological disorders, immune system disease, reproductive abnormalities, sterility, birth defects, and genetic mutations which could be passed on from generation to generations.

According to former Professor of Medical Physics and Physiology at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Hardin B. Jones, it’s chemotherapy that kills people rather than cancer. Dr. Jones has extensively researched the life expectancy of cancer patients for more than 25 years, after he came to the conclusion that chemotherapy is more harmful than beneficial. All of that research, he conducted; lead him to believe that “leading edge” cancer treatment is a scam. Also, Dr. Jones is well aware that cancer is a billion dollar industry “People who refused chemotherapy treatment live on average 12 and a half years longer than people who are undergoing chemotherapy,” said Dr. Jones of his research, published in the New York.

As of 2012, Canada had over 56,000 tons of highly radioactive nuclear waste and nowhere to put it. Perched on a remote stretch of coastline in north-west England is Europe’s most dangerous building. Inside the innocuous-sounding Product Finishing and Storage Facility at the Sellafield nuclear plant is enough plutonium for about 20,000 nuclear bombs. It is the world’s largest stockpile of civilian plutonium — one of the most toxic substances on the planet — accumulated from decades of reprocessing nuclear fuel from power stations not only in the UK but also Germany, France, Sweden and other countries. They must also decide whether it should be viewed as an asset or liability, is “sleepwalking” to disaster.

The meltdowns at the Fukushima Daichi Power plant are dumping 300-400 tons of contaminated material into the Pacific Ocean every single day. With a half-life of 220,000 years that nuclear waste will continue to destroy the Pacific for just about ever. There was no nuclear bomb let of by the Russians it is a hoax!! The Iodine 131 is coming from Fukushima UNIMAGINABLE Nuclear Meltdown Being Covered Up!

The Japanese Government teamed up with Toshiba to build robots that could help clean up the highly radioactive site of the Fukushima power plant meltdown. It turned out the robots couldn’t function in such high radiation levels: 600 Sievert per hour, which could kill a human being in about two minutes. Unfortunately, the “scorpions” didn’t get very far. Earlier this month, a “scorpion” robot that was sent inside the meltdown site malfunctioned after just two hours because of high radiation levels. A second “scorpion” was sent in just last week, only to meet a similar fate as its predecessor: the machine’s left crawler belt malfunctioned and the robot stopped working altogether.

Satellite image shows damage at Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant (via ecowatch.com)

Tepco’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant began operations in 1971 and was severely damaged by a deadly March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that killed over 15,000 people in Japan. The massive release of radiation forced the government to evacuate about 160,000 people and establish a 310-square mile exclusion zone deemed uninhabitable. Tepco has since embarked on an estimated $188 billion cleanup process that has included the treatment of contaminated water dumped on the site to prevent three out of six reactors from melting down completely.

It is clear to us now that the radiation level in the containment vessel of the crippled Reactor 2 is much higher than experts had believed.

The danger of Reactor 2 reminds the story of the potential collapse of Reactor 4 after the March 11, 2011, earthquake. That reactor contained 14,000 times the radiation of the Hiroshima bomb.

Fumiya Tanabe, an expert on nuclear safety who analyzed the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear accident in the United States, said the findings show that both the preparation for and the actual decommissioning process at the plant will likely prove much more difficult than expected.

An official of the National Institute of Radiological Sciences said medical professionals have never considered dealing with this level of radiation in their work.

Fukushima disaster is totally out of control. This is a nuclear war without a war. Fukushima radiation has contained entire Pacific Ocean, Radiation detected in Europe and radiation at Fukushima reactors uncontrollable.  Nuclear scientists ran away and never came back and Fukushima nuclear facility is a TICKING TIME BOMB.

If a terrorist group exploded just one dirty nuclear weapon, hundreds of thousands of people could die. Because there is no effective protection against nuclear terrorism, the only solution is to prevent terrorists from obtaining nuclear weapons, and the fissile materials needed to make them, in the first place.

Nuclear reactors and nuclear weapons derive power through the fission (splitting) of nuclei of uranium or plutonium atoms, a process that releases large amounts of energy. These fissile materials are used for a variety of civil and military purposes.

Enriching uranium is both technically difficult and expensive as it requires separating isotopes that have very similar chemical and physical properties. The enrichment process is thus the main barrier to producing uranium suitable for use in nuclear weapons.

However, as sophisticated enrichment technology spreads around the world, more groups will be able to overcome the technical barriers to producing HEU for weapons. Moreover, the commercial enrichment facilities used to make LEU fuel for power reactors can be reconfigured to produce HEU for weapons. Without strong regulations in place, these dual-use facilities pose major risks of nuclear terrorism. In addition, the continued use of HEU for both civilian research and naval propulsion reactors increases the risk of terrorist access to this material.

Plutonium occurs only in trace amounts in nature. It is produced as a matter of course in power reactors when the uranium-238 in reactor fuel absorbs neutrons. Countries producing plutonium for weapons have generally operated their reactors to maximize the production of plutonium-239—the isotope most useful for nuclear weapons—and to minimize the production of other plutonium isotopes such as plutonium-240.  Weapon-grade plutonium contains less than 7 percent plutonium-240. Under normal nuclear power plant operation, the plutonium in spent reactor fuel contains roughly 24 percent plutonium-240; such plutonium is often referred to as “reactor-grade.” However, essentially all isotopic mixtures of plutonium—including reactor-grade plutonium—can be used for nuclear weapons.

In order to use plutonium in nuclear weapons or nuclear fuel, however, it must be separated from the rest of the spent fuel in a reprocessing facility. Plutonium separation is easier than uranium enrichment because it involves separating different elements rather than different isotopes of the same element, and it uses well known chemical separation techniques. However, since the spent fuel is highly radioactive, this process requires heavily shielded facilities with remote-handling equipment.

In addition to lives and cancer threats there are huge amount of funds are required for uranium enrichment, transportation of enriched nuclear material, storage of nuclear materials, and fabrication of nuclear materials.  Authorities defending peaceful use of nuclear energy and nuclear military deterrence are enjoying superior status along with financial benefits and repeated extensions in the name of nuclear safety and nuclear security at the cost of people all over the nuclear world.

During the early years of nuclear testing it was anticipated that nuclear weapons would be used on the battlefield, and that the Army and Marine Corps had better get used to operating on a “nuclear battlefield.” During the 1952 Big Shot test, 1,700 ground troops took shelter in trenches just seven thousand yards from the thirty-three-kiloton explosion. After the test, the troops conducted a simulated assault that took them to within 160 meters of ground zero. This test and others like them led to increases in leukemia, prostate and nasal cancers among those that participated.

U.S. nuclear testing ceased in 1992. In 2002, the Centers for Disease Control estimated that virtually every American that has lived since 1951 has been exposed to nuclear fallout, and that the cumulative effects of all nuclear testing by all nations could ultimately be responsible for up to eleven thousand deaths in the United States alone. The United States did indeed learn much about how to construct safe and reliable nuclear weapons, and their effects on human life and the environment. In doing so, however, it paid a terrible and tragic price.

This fact sheet covers specific problems relating to nuclear threats and the steps the IAEA and United Nations should take to address them.

United Nations and IAEA can effectively close the door to nuclear weapons of any kind By eliminating the production of HEU, and foregoing reprocessing technology to extract plutonium, They cannot produce any material to be used as a primary nuclear explosive .Nuclear World must be willing to accept far-reaching IAEA surveillance on all their nuclear facilities, including unannounced inspections by IAEA authorities. By imposing similar requirements on all nations, we could eliminate the production of nuclear material altogether. Then, when nuclear weapons are dismantled and the primary nuclear explosive materials are made inaccessible, a nuclear-weapons, nuclear energy and uranium ammunition free world would be within our grasp.

Muhammad Riaz Pasha is a nuclear scientist and former advisor/technical consultant at Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission and is a member of International Advisory Council of Nuclear Emergency Action Alliance with 28 years experience in covering key issues of enrichment, nuclear energy and nuclear fusion energy. 

 

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  1. DR WASEEM AHMED
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    Excellent Article awareness for common innocent peoples, Lead your way to success we need to build a platform to invite relevant and concerned people to debate on this issue give their thoughts and solution to stopped and control N Medicine. How we engage people and people come on board and work together to save the humanity. First Seed planted hope the best and Allaah with us. Stay Blessed Muhammad Riaz Pasha we all with you for this noble cause.

  2. Muhammad Basil Ahmad
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    Very informative, factual and useful for a growing public awareness of the need to protect the environment.

  3. Shafqat Ansari
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    Excellent article. It’s the need of time to make so called super powers to realise that what they call POWER is actually a destructive POWER. It is not going to help the mankind in anyways. We should join hands with Mr. Pasha to say a strong NO to nuclear power. Keep up the good work Mr. Pasha.

  4. Shafqat Ansari
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    Excellent article. It’s the need of time to make so called super powers to realise that what they call POWER is actually a destructive POWER. It is not going to help the mankind in anyways. We should join hands with Mr. Pasha to say a strong NO to nuclear power. Keep up the good work Mr. Pasha.

  5. Shafqat Ansari
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    Excellent article, it is the need of time to make so called super powers realise that what they call POWER is actually a destructive power. It is not going to help the mankind in anyways. Let us join hands with Mr. Pasha to say a strong NO to Nuclear Power/Energy for any application.
    Keep up the good work!!

  6. Dr Waseem Ahmed
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    Indepth and excellent stuff a person like you are Role Model for our society’s great effort extraordinary knowledge treasure. Whistle blowing and fruit of thought our scientist. Stand up for humanity for the sake of Allaah Stay Bleesed Zindabad brother Riaz Pasha. Congrats….On new movement…,

  7. Sahrish Saleem
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    Sir it is really an Informative and an eye opening article for us. it has opened the closed doors of brain to rethink about the race of nuclear weapons in which we all are falling and making our futures dark instead of a brightening future. We must nor stop the race of nuclear weapons, As now it has becoming life threatening even in the field of medicine. The article and the proofs given from such a big name and a competent scientist is enough to decide whether the humanity is important or such a useless nuclear war. All the scientists who knows the reality should come forward and should brave enough to save humanity. If radiations rather than diagnosis are the cause of cancer then it must be stopped. Dr. Riaz Pasha You are an Honour to Pakistan and the humanity.

  8. Sahrish Saleem
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    Sir it is a very informative and an eye opening article. We all have just jumped into the nuclear war without understanding the impacts and consequences in return to this useless race. We must now get a break from the race of nuclear weapons and the wars that we are forced to do. As now it has become life threatening. This article from a competent scientist proofs that this war is useless and rather harmful even the diagnosis from the radiations can cause cancer so we should work for humanity and each and every scientist who knows the reality is responsible to save humanity. Dr. Riaz Pahsa you are an honour to Pakistan and the humanity.

  9. Richard McNutt
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    Moving forward is not repeating what is past. Forward is incorporating all of our learning and instincts into what we want to do next. Different paths need not separate peoples if the minds are positive and want to live in harmony and work together to create the balance. All peoples together is what makes the whole. The mind is what makes peoples separate – not the reality or different path choice. This is a lot of what Pope Francis was trying to work through to bring all peoples together in unity of mind and learn how to find peace in the entire world of together in balance holding to our beliefs with cooperation in mind. Help each other when possible and stay positive in what we want. Like a bluejay and a crow – they can’t live in the same nest, but they constantly save each other’s lives in the same neighborhood.

    We must live with others period. So, what is important? My experience is the signal that we are doing good as humans is our karma. If we are getting back good karma – it is the signal that our path is cooperative and honored even if it is different than other’s. If we are receiving bad karma it is time to take a look at what we are putting out. Even the weather – our bad path with Mother Earth gives us back hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, droughts earthquakes etc as a result. This is karma for miss-treatment of all others.

    We are all wise in our own knowing. The trick is to actually be who we are, because that is why we were put here, but the challenge is to find ways for others to understand that we are not opposing their path – we are just simply following the path given to us. Some of us don’t follow the modern homes and gardens philosophies, so we are seen as “not normal” by those on the commercially taught paths. We do oppose them in many ways because they are based on killing everything to be in control. We are best to stay on the positive side and acknowledge those peoples when they do things that we support and stay away from criticism. Like Francis was looking at – don’t criticize their beliefs – just find common ground where we could live peacefully and cooperatively with those who are different in their paths than we are.

    Jack Kennedy and I talked about these things with Peace Corps, People to People and other programs – including NATO. DeGaul, Kruschev, Berlin Wall, Cuba – there were many challenges and we were all looking for common ground and our best method was to help peoples in trouble no matter where they were. He would have made a difference, but they took him out because of negative and unpopular thinking. Gandi, Lincoln, Martin Luther King – all the same. This is the challenge as I see it.

  10. Zahra Zubair
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    Very informative artical, especially for a layman who doesnt aware of the adverse affects of nuclear materials and how nuclear radiations are causing diseases like genetic disorder, cancer etc.Your initiative over securing innocent lives from Cancer is appreciable! Now time has come that people should boycott such Nuclear Power.
    May Allah bless you!

  11. Muzna
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    Unfortunately, the general public is unaware of the harmful effects of nuclear energy.
    While it is perceived that nuclear energy has its safe uses ( such as in electricity generation, medical diagnosis & of course in weapons), in reality its dangers outweigh its benefits. This is a great initiative by Muhammad Riaz Pasha to raise awareness. More people from the nuclear community need to follow suit and stop lying to the world.
    Keep up the good work and you should post more often.

  12. Dr Ogungbemi Kayode
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    This is a great and raw truth about nuclear power and production of nuclear materials. Our government should read and act safely on this materials. If your country is on nuclear program or production chats stop using nuclear power and source for alternative energy sources. If you are aspiring to go nuclear please READ this article to the law makers in your country for them to have a rethinking. Let us make this world a better place for us all. Stop dumping nuclear waste to the sea. Let us put more money on how to destroy the waste. Researcher are waiting for challenges like this. Riaz you have done a good write up here thank you for all the information in the write up. Now how can we the radiation specialist, physicists, chemist etc help in cleaning up the nuclear mess all over the world?

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