Attacks on U.S. Nuclear Power Plants?

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Saturday, May 11, 2002

Attacks on U.S. Nuclear Power Plants?

Do you feel less safe than during the cold war? Each day seems to bring something new to worry about. The Washington Times reports Islamic terrorists are planning an attack against a U.S. nuclear power plant to coincide with the July 4 celebrations.

U.S. intelligence sources tell reporter Bill Gertz that the threat is being taken seriously, though no one is sure if it is reliable.

We know there are al Qaeda terror cells in this country. We suspect that September 11 was not a one-time event. We know these people hate us and think their god wants us dead. It sort of makes you long for the good old days of communism, doesn’t it?

A nuclear plant attack would be a disaster. Tens of thousands could be killed and many more tens of thousands would suffer radiation poisoning, leading to painful deaths or lifelong illness.

What should our government do to prevent such an attack? What should we do if it happens? We can only hope our government is on top of this. We know God is. It kind of makes everything else look trivial, doesn’t it? I’m Cal Thomas in Washington.