Originally Posted by Englander2
According to the Czech newspaper Prague Post today, The head of the U.S. anti-missile program says North Korea is helping Iran develop missiles that could reach Europe. U.S. officials say a missile-defence system, with missiles in Poland a radar base in the Czech Republic, would protect Europe in the event that Iran developed long-range ballistic missiles.
It seems some high ranking Americans are ready to say anything in order to get Europe down on its knees to pray for a system which has the soul target of stopping rockets on the way to the USA. What happens to Europe itself, when these (possibly) atomic heads are brought to explosion in the air, does not seem to concern anybody. However it must be clear to many on these forums, that radio-active clouds could still reach America and these bring a slower but much more painful death to recipients.
As bulldogg has stated through his links, nukes in its delivery stage generally
do not fly "hot." From an engineering point of view, it's frankly unstable. The warheads usually arm themselves (undergo the fission process) when it is extremely close to the target and has split from the final delivery vessel. An explosion from an interceptor missile is not enough energy to start the fission process that causes the nuclear detonation. If the missile had a plasma tip then MAYBE it would set it off, but we aren't at that stage of technology yet.
Don't you think the EU saw your point, too? If what you say is remotely true or even possible, do you really think any of the EU nations would hop on board with the missile shield plan?