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Nuclear attack? I'm more nervous about nerve gas

When I read about Iran and North Korea attempting to become part of the nuclear weapons family, I must admit, while I'm cautious, it doesn't strike terror into my heart.

Even with help, the development of a workable bomb is extraordinarily difficult and the delivery even more so.

That's not true of nerve gas.

This week's news regarding Syria's government arming munitions with nerve gas is a nightmare. If the Syrian military is ordered by President Assad to use this weapon against the Syrian people, it will be a new and instant kind of genocide.

Remember in 1995 when that Japanese religious cult released a small amount of sarin nerve gas in a Tokyo subway? It killed 13 people and injured 1,000. It kills when it comes in contact with the skin or is inhaled.

In the Army -- those of us who were basic trainees -- were told if we were subjected to a nerve gas attack we might have minutes to live.

The Syrian people are in grave danger if it's used, and so are we if American troops try to stop it.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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