[Marxism] Fwd: Command and Control | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Jan 10 06:06:21 MST 2017

I reviewed a documentary that showed at the Film Forum in NYC in 
September that can now be seen on PBS at 9pm EST tonight. From my review:

The film is directed by Robert Kenner and based on a 2014 book by Eric 
Schlosser titled “Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus 
Accident, and the Illusion of Safety”. No, this is not Damascus, Syria 
(although people like Engdahl would likely jump to that conclusion) but 
Damascus, Arkansas, the site of a Titan II Missile Complex that had a 
disastrous fire caused by a minor accident on September 18, 1980.

A single Titan II missile in the Damascus underground silo had a 9 
megaton H-Bomb warhead that packed an explosive power three times as 
great as every bomb dropped during WWII, including those over Hiroshima 
and Nagasaki. Its firestorm could cover 1000 square miles and a 
radiation plume much greater in distance.

For comparison’s sake, a B-52 broke apart accidentally over Goldsboro, 
North Carolina on January 24, 1961, dropping two 4-megaton H-Bombs in 
the process. When searchers recovered one of the bombs, they were 
shocked to discover that three of the four safety devices had failed. 
This was according to a declassified document obtained by Schlosser and 
revealed in his book. So even if that was half the payload of the 
Damascus bomb, the death toll would have been over 100,000 while 
millions would have suffered debilitating chronic diseases from 
radiation exposure.

Director Robert Kenner was able to get the approval of a Titan II museum 
in Green Valley, Arizona to use their facilities to recreate the 
seemingly trivial accident that could have killed hundreds of thousands 
of people in a couple of days. Using archival footage of the Damascus 
explosion mixed with recreations at the museum, you really feel as if 
you are there on the day of the fateful incident.

full: https://louisproyect.org/2016/09/13/command-and-control/

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