I’m not sure whether this thread belongs in the General Questions forum or in the IMHO forum. If I got it wrong, I would ask a moderator to please move it to the correct forum.
I’m not asking about some low-level dirty device that uses an explosive (like TNT) to spread some radioactive material over a few city blocks.
I’m asking about a real thermonuclear bomb. It may be exploded by a nation or by a group of terrorists. But who will likely be responsible and what will their likely target be?
I’d guess that it would be a small group of terrorists that somehow knew how to get their hands on a bomb, perhaps from a Russian storage area or perhaps from some Russian (or other) military official who would sell them a bomb and instruct them how to explode it.
Then they would smuggle it into a large city and explode it in that city.
I think the most likely target would be some city in Russia or the Ukraine or some country involved in the oppression of a minority civilian population and the people responsible would be those who have been brought up in a camp in which a minority population has been oppressed (for example a Palestinian camp or a Ukranian or Chechin camp where families have been oppressed and a child of one of those families has become insanely angry at the way their parents have been treated and explodes this bomb in an attempt to somehow strike back at the oppressor (whoever they believe that is).
Would any of you care to guess who the most likely culprit would be and who the most likely target would be?