At this point we would just like to consult with a state-of-the-art crystal ball to know how things will be in a decade or so. The World survived the World Wars I and II, do we really have the ability to survive WWIII?
Insurgents in Iraq have seized nuclear materials used for scientific
research at a university in the country’s north, Iraq told the United
Nations in a letter appealing for help to “stave off the threat of their
use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad.”
Nearly 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of uranium compounds were kept at
Mosul University, Iraq’s U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim told U.N.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the July 8 letter obtained by Reuters
“Terrorist groups have seized control of nuclear material at the
sites that came out of the control of the state,” Alhakim wrote, adding
that such materials “can be used in manufacturing weapons of mass
“These nuclear materials, despite the limited amounts mentioned, can
enable terrorist groups, with the availability of the required
expertise, to use it separate or in combination with other materials in
its terrorist acts,” said Alhakim.
He warned that they could also be smuggled out of Iraq.
A U.S. government source familiar with the matter said the materials
were not believed to be enriched uranium and therefore would be
difficult to use to manufacture into a weapon. Another U.S. official
familiar with security matters said he was unaware of this development
raising any alarm among U.S. authorities.