View Full Version : Speaking of nukes, did you see...
The Mad Hermit
03-21-2003, 03:44 PM
... the MOAB bomb (I suspect) that destroyed Saddam's palace on the Tigris? Looked just like a small nuclear explosion, with the mushroom cloud and all. I've heard people talking about doing this very thing for a long time now; I'm in awe that I actually see it happening.
03-21-2003, 04:07 PM
Wanna see it from above? Space Imaging has this LARGE image (http://www.spaceimaging.com/gallery/top10_2002/Baghdad_Sijood_10_7_02_SIME.jpg) on their site. The palace is on the bottom of the photo, on the upper edge of the river bank.
03-21-2003, 05:54 PM
I seriously doubt anyone in his right mind would use a MOAB in downtown Baghdad. Precision weapons are what you'd want in such an environment. So, while it may look big, my guess is what you're seeing is a 2,000 lb precision-guided warhead.
The Mad Hermit
03-21-2003, 06:27 PM
I see by the coverage that you're right, it was bombed by Tomahawks- my mistake was all the publicity about the mushroom cloud.
What is the structure on the top right in SmackFu's link? It looks like Farpoint Station.
03-21-2003, 06:47 PM
It's actually the Unknown Soldier Monument (http://archnet.org/library/images/thumbnails.tcl?location_id=2313), which looks even freakier in the photos from ground level.
03-21-2003, 07:50 PM
That is a gorgeous monument, I certainly hope it survives, both for its beauty and its meaning.
03-22-2003, 03:03 AM
I agree. That is a very beautiful monument. It would be a shame to blow it up.
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