Thursday, July 20, 2017

Russia's Doomsday System

Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of Chechnya, gave a rare interview to a smaller media outlet in the United States that aired Tuesday, and what he said is taking many aback.

While speaking to HBO’s Real Sports, Kadyrov ... made a troubling comment about his country’s nuclear arsenal and a Russian doomsday device.

Kadyrov said, “America is not really a strong enough state for us to regard it as an enemy of Russia. We have a strong government and are a nuclear state. Even if our government was completely destroyed, our nuclear missiles would be automatically deployed. We will put the whole world on its knees and screw it from behind.” That comment certainly puts the left’s insistence on a war with Russia in perspective.  And Kadyrov is probably being more accurate than not in that statement.

According to The New York Times, Russia built a system in the 1980s that could do what Kadyrov described, known as the Perimeter System. Bruce Blair, the former US nuclear officer who broke the story of the Perimeter System for The New York Times in 1993, told Business Insider that the system works when it detects nuclear explosions. Only a small crew, deep in a bunker, has a hand in the otherwise automated system, according to Blair.

Essentially, if another country conducted a nuclear attack that would destroy the government of Russia or anything a 1980s-era system would perceive as a nuclear attack, an automated system would empty Russia’s missile silos in an immediate counterattack.

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Remember Dr. Strangelove? A similar claim was made in the movie about a "cobalt thorium g" doomsday device.

I doubt Mr. Kadyrov knows anything at all about such a system, but its existence is theoretically possible.

In any event, we shouldn't be playing nuclear weapons chicken with the Russkies.

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