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What’s So Clandestine About 1350 Tons Of Pure Uranium Ore?

December 30, 2009

The Comment Section was said so much better than my post, I’m going to start with the comment section first:

I’ve been doing what little I can to offer support to the Iranian opposition, the Sea of Green. It’s pretty clear to me that there is a fork in the road, not far ahead. One path gets lost in darkness, the other opens onto a green and rolling meadow. If the coup-regime (and that is exactly what it is) prevails, or even manages to hang on for long, war will come. It will be unpleasant for all parties and disastrous for the 70 million souls who make up the population of Iran. Absolutely disastrous.

Should the Sea of Green prevail somehow (in part through the fracture of the elites over the way forward), then there is a chance, just a chance, that the Iranian people can come into their own, and realize their dreams of peace, freedom and tolerance. Call me an incurable idealist (the self-assigned label of one of the survivors of Tian’anmen, a student leader in ‘89). But if it were in your power to choose for them (of course it is not) which path would you choose? Who’s side are you on? And why?

 

These two articles (below) exemplify why it is so important to support the Sea of Green Movement in Iran now, but as all chemical reactions, we have to wait for a major explosion to get every one’s attention in the world. 

Intel Report: Iran Seeking to Smuggle Raw Uranium

As we all know, I’m not a scientist, so I’ll explain this based on my limited understanding….and you can comment and correct me as we go along this nuclear proliferation journey together.

What Iran is importing is Uranium 238 and they have to get the Uranium 235 separated from the 238. Generally, Iran’s scientists are going to turn it into a gas, centrifuge it so that the U238 goes out one pipe, and U235 goes out the other, from there they keep purifying it that way. So therefore, the 1350 tons of “Yellowcake” (a big deposit of Uranium 238 found in the earth) is all they are really buying right now. As I have already been explained by someone I respect or maybe Wikipedia, you be the judge:

In nature (e..g. the uranium in yellowcake), uranium atoms exist as uranium-238 (99.284%), uranium-235 (0.711%), the U235 is the weapons stuff, so you see why it’s slow work to pull out that 0.7%.  Yellowcake is a mix of U238 and U235, only stuff of interest for nuclear weapons is the tiny fraction of a percent of U235. The rest is “junk”. Enriched uranium is a kind of uranium in which the percent composition of uranium-235 has been increased through the process of isotope separation.

The other way Iran could do this would be like the factory in Oak Ridge Tennessee: they use osmosis, forcing it through a membrane (material that is porous) and a physics “fun fact”: Teflon was the only material porous enough for this task (think about that next time you are frying your pancakes!) Now I’m picturing you, using your Teflon frying pan, cooking a nice meal and looking at that glorious invention that keeps your food from sticking to your pan…..ponder this: the SR71 (Blackbird) that came out of the YF12, it flew at such high speeds, friction with air, it got so hot, the only person who had the large titanium deposit or ore was Russia, so America made a phony company that was a pots and pan company to buy Titanium and then built the YF12, a four runner to the SR71.

What Iran is trying to to do is get the Uranium separated to make it weapons grade material. Iran is well on their way if they already have the centrifuges, which is most likely, and their manufacturing part is easy, it’s getting the weapons grade enrichment that is the hard part.

So is this really a non-issue? Once they get close, whose going to smoke them first?

The dangerous part is if they are feeding the terrorist small nuclear weapons, but Israel will probably kick their ass before that happens.

Here’s my concern: what’s the collateral damage going to be (that is a term that negates using the words: innocent civilians a.k.a. human beings) while someone takes military actions to stop this regime?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and its allies are weighing focused sanctions against Iran’s leadership rather than broad-based penalties that they fear could harm the protest movement, officials and diplomats said. U.S. Eyeing More Targeted Sanctions Against Iran

What would I do? I think the answer lies in supporting the Sea of Green movement. I would put the power of the world behind the demonstrators who are the ones on the front line, and let them choose their destiny. The students are the future, and I have faith in their decisions when they take over.

PS: I think if you are reading this post, then you should be sure to read the comments which are now only approved by …. well ….. me.

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  1. khazelton1 permalink
    December 31, 2009 12:37 am

    I’ve been doing what little I can to offer support to the Iranian opposition, the Sea of Green. It’s pretty clear to me that there is a fork in the road, not far ahead. One path gets lost in darkness, the other opens onto a green and rolling meadow. If the coup-regime (and that is exactly what it is) prevails, or even manages to hang on for long, war will come. It will be unpleasant for all parties and disastrous for the 70 million souls who make up the population of Iran. Absolutely disastrous.

    Should the Sea of Green prevail somehow (in part through the fracture of the elites over the way forward), then there is a chance, just a chance, that the Iranian people can come into their own, and realize their dreams of peace, freedom and tolerance. Call me an incurable idealist (the self-assigned label of one of the survivors of Tian’anmen, a student leader in ’89). But if it were in your power to choose for them (of course it is not) which path would you choose? Who’s side are you on? And why?

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