Colorado is by design a prime target for a Russian nuclear attack
PANAGYURISHTE, ($1=1.92 Bulgarian Levs) — Shortly after the start of the war in Ukraine, sometime in March, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he would not hesitate to use nuclear weapons to protect Russia’s territorial integrity. The superimposition of the post-World War II conventional wisdom that “nuclear weapons constitute deterrence” suddenly collapsed like a house of cards.
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Putin’s statement raised concerns among world leaders. Civilians would think that cities like New York, Los Angeles, Paris, London, Tokyo, and other major metropolises would be the first targets of a Russian nuclear strike. Their assumption is based on the fact that millions of people live in these cities, therefore the casualties and horror will be great. But is it so?
Colorado is a prime target
Yes, Colorado is a prime target for Russian nukes, along with two other states: Nebraska and Wyoming. These are the three states [not only them, but they are the main ones] in whose silos the only operational Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile in the US military’s inventory is currently located.
A little-known fact is that the Minuteman II and Minuteman III missile silos are located on a stretch of prairie that crosses these three states: Colorado, Nebraska, and Wyoming. For example, the F.E. Warren Air Force Base, located just three miles from the town of Shane, Wyoming, is one of the US military’s three strategic missile bases, and as Colorado NewsLine journalist Quentin Young writes, “the Russians are very familiar with this base.”
These so-called “desert bases” located next to small towns with small populations are intended to absorb a Russian nuclear strike aimed at destroying the missile silos, which will undoubtedly result in civilian casualties, but mostly from the small towns near the bases. I.e. these people will have to take the main Russian nuclear attack.
But Colorado is twice as big a target as Nebraska and Wyoming, and that’s because of North American Aerospace Defense, or NORAD, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.
Quentin Young writes in his article that even if we are not to be believed, it would be a mistake to take such a message from the Russian president as a bluff. Fiona Hill, former National Security Council official and expert on Russia says: “The thing about Putin is, if he has an instrument, he wants to use it. Why have it if you can’t?” Fiona Hill, the Russia expert, and former National Security Council official said about Putin’s nuclear threat. “So if anybody thinks that Putin wouldn’t use something that he’s got that is unusual and cruel, think again. Every time you think, ‘No, he wouldn’t, would he?’ Well, yes, he would.”
The war in Ukraine is a perfect example of how Vladimir Putin can’t be trusted. According to him, Russian forces do not launch missile strikes on peaceful Ukrainian cities, but since the beginning of the war, we have witnessed at least five memorable ones.
Colorado residents have reason to be concerned, as they have been a default target of Russian nuclear weapons since the end of the Cold War. Especially those who live in small towns and villages close to at least one nuclear silo.
Colorado residents will be victimized, according to the rules of the big game. “Their primary mission is to be destroyed in the ground, along with all the people that live anywhere near them,” wrote Tom Collina of Plowshares Fund in Defense One. “Their main purpose is to ‘absorb’ a nuclear attack from Russia.”
In the last twenty years, the civil initiative and grotesque struggle against nuclear weapons seem to be missing. Quentin Young argues that today, few Americans are willing to go to jail for anti-nuclear protests. “But every American, every Russian, every human on the planet, can find ways to assert opposition to strategic nuclear weapons,” says Young and adds: “Coloradans would have at least as much to gain from the success of such protest as anyone.”
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