KRASNOARMEYSK, Russia: At 5:34 p.m. on Wednesday on a military compound northeast of Moscow, three men sat in a room before small metal boxes adorned with red plastic buttons. Each button was connected to a cable that snaked through a hole in the wall to the forest outside.7,000. Got that? That's how many nuclear warheads it's claimed have been destroyed under that US-Russian project there (all in Russia - not so much about any being destroyed here).
Upon a command from Sergei Shevchenko, a senior official at the missile technologies directorate of Russia's space agency, the men pushed the buttons. Outside, a short distance away, a roar filled the air. The ground began to shake.
The buttons had ignited the solid fuel in a rocket motor that had been removed from an SS-25 intercontinental ballistic missile.
In a little more than two minutes, the missile component burned itself out, the latest piece of Soviet-era nuclear hardware to be destroyed under an effort funded by American taxpayers and known as Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction.
(U.S. and Russia celebrate 15 years of dismantling Russia's nuclear arsenal - International Herald Tribune)
Know what that means, Bunky? All those warheads, around the end of the Cold War, were pointed right at your head. So why do a handful of Saudi terrorists scare you so much?
Get a grip.