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Recent Events in Moldova Raise Concerns Over Nuclear Material Smuggling | U.S. PATRIOT NEWS & REVIEWS

Recent Events in Moldova Raise Concerns Over Nuclear Material Smuggling

In the early morning hours of September 11th 2001, our great nation awoke to the realization that no matter how hard we tried, we could not always protect ourselves from those wayward souls that sought to do our nation harm.  A few hours later, the World Trade Center’s two main towers were reduced to rubble, the Pentagon had a large sized hole in one side and some heroes lay dead in a field in Pennsylvania after a heroic act that probably saved even more lives. The loss of thousands of lives that day showed us just how vulnerable we were to the threat from extremist groups and other breeds of terrorists that want to harm us. If four jet airliners can do all that damage, imagine what a nuclear dirty bomb or nuclear device could do; recent events in Moldova show that type of event has a very real possibility of happening somewhere in the world somewhere in the near future.

Recent arrests in Moldova showed cases where nuclear material sellers were actively seeking buyers from Middle Eastern groups such as ISIS or al-Qaeda; groups that have actively vowed to strike western targets with weapons of mass destruction and have the deep pockets to be able to afford such material. Not only were the arrests concerned with enough nuclear material to make a dirty bomb, but there was also one case where the material concerned could be used in making a bomb half as powerful as the one used on Hiroshima in Japan.

NuclearOne alarming fact from the arrests in Moldova is the realization that these arrests only led to the taking down of the middlemen and the recovery of small amounts of nuclear grade material; the bulk of the material it came from and its warped-minded possessors are still out there somewhere.

A big part of this problem has to do with the rapid collapse of the former Soviet Union and its satellite countries, which had much of this missing nuclear material stored there. Experts have long been aware that the security situation that resulted in these countries around that time at their nuclear sites, combined with the subsequent unfavorable economic conditions, quite possibly could breed the selling of nuclear material. The arrests in Moldova prove that there is a very real and credible threat of just that very thing happening now; it is the type of thing that, if you think about the possibilities that can come from that material getting into the wrong hands, you will lose sleep at night over.

We owe a lot of our freedoms and safety to the men and women of the military, police and other government organizations that are diligently on the lookout for this type of activity. We as citizens need to be constantly on the lookout too, and be careful not to dismiss things that we see as odd as being only products of our imagination. For it is only through the entire population working together and being vigilant that we can keep a repeat of 9/11 or worse from happening. Remember, the terrorists that carried out that mission were living among us for months and it will be no different if someone wants to attack our cities with some sort of nuclear device in the future.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Craig Smith

Craig has been writing for several years but just recently made freelance writing a full time profession after leaving behind 26 years working in the swimming pool construction industry. He served four years in the US Air Force as an Imagery Interpreter Specialist in Okinawa, Japan and at SAC Headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. As a staunch supporter of law enforcement personnel, emergency medical technicians, firemen, search and rescue personnel and those who serve in the military, Craig is proud to contribute to the US Patriot blog on their behalf.
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