Fight This Hate: A Weekly Roundup

Fight this Hate shows a small selection of hate crimes and/or harassment that has taken place recently in the United States. Southern Poverty Law Center keeps detailed accounts of hate crimes. Colorlines tracks all manner of topics related to race and publishes them daily. The following incidents are only a small sample, and each includes a form of direct action.


US Bombs Afghanistan

The following information regarding the MOAB weapon is compiled from two articles in the UK’s Daily Mail. Here and here.

The GBU-43, also known as MOAB, unleashes a devastating fireball that incinerates and vaporizes anything within 30 feet upon detonation.

In the milliseconds following the initial blast in Afghanistan, all the oxygen would have been forced out of the tunnels and for hundreds of feet around, literally sucking the life out of Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) terrorists, suffocating them as their lungs imploded.

Then, in a flash the fiery shockwave would have radiated outwards at the speed of sound for up to a mile, causing huge blunt force trauma injuries to anyone caught in its path, leveling buildings and trees.

Ears would have been left bleeding and internal organs battered by the sheer force of the shockwave.

The blast would also have caused many within two miles of the blast to lose their hearing.

Anyone caught inside the tunnels would have been crushed as the force of 19,000 pounds of highly complex explosives collapsed on top of the ISIS terrorists.

Those left alive would have been shocked and left in awe by the sight of a terrifying mushroom cloud – the psychological scars staying with them forever.

The Pentagon estimates that 800 terrorists were in the area. [In fact, only 94 are verified killed as of April 15, 2017.]

Its frightening power was unleashed by the United States for the first time on April 13, 2017 when it was dropped on a Daesh camp in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province, in order to obliterate underground tunnels used by the terrorists.

That MOAB’s first practical test was carried out on March 11, 2003 at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

A crater left by the blast is believed to be more than 300 feet wide after it exploded just six feet above the ground. Anyone at ground zero was vaporized.

The energy released by the nearly 19,000 pounds of explosive, would have caused a barometric shock wave known as ‘overpressure’ that moves at the speed of sound away from ground zero.

Classed as a thermobaric bomb – ‘thermo’ for heat and ‘baric’ for pressure, the MOAB features a two-stage detonation powered by H6 explosive, which contains powdered aluminum.

The first blast detonates and spreads highly flammable aluminum dust and the second is the baric blast – which literally sucks oxygen out from cave tunnels before rapidly becoming an expanding shock wave.

Both the implosion and the blast wave cause massive internal damage to anyone who has not been already been incinerated by the explosion, with most injuries to hollow organs such as the ears, lungs and stomach.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A MOAB EXPLODES?

1: The MOAB would technically explode as an airburst weapon, albeit from six-feet and not thousands, like a nuclear bomb.

The fireball radius would be 30-feet, incinerating every person.

2: As the bomb ignites the aluminum dust and nearly 19,000 pounds of explosives a shock wave sucks the air from another 160-feet of real estate.

3: The dissipated air blast continues on to more than 300-feet from Ground Zero, damaging more buildings and causing injury to anyone caught up in the blast and more fatalities.

4: People up to 430-feet away from Ground Zero would suffer 3rd degree burns and some would suffer the loss of their limbs.

However, with a yield blast of 0.011 KT the MOAB pales in comparison to even the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima – Little Boy – which had a yield of 15 KT.

The Pentagon released a video of the April 13, 2017 explosion.

North Korea Ready to Strike

President Trump sent the US Navy loaded with missiles within striking distance of North Korea. He called it an armada. Then it turned out the “armada” was actually headed in the opposite direction for a military exercise with the Australian navy.

Kim Jong-un shows the force of North Korea, and states he will take the suicide option if necessary.

On April 20, the Chinese air force was on “high alert” with President Trump saying China can solve the North Korea problem any time it wants, the US preparing to test anti-missile weapons, and China warning that a pre-emptive strike by North Korea would result in the US and South Korea being “completely destroyed [by China] in an instant.”

Meanwhile, the world tries to keep calm and carry on.

Fight this Hate

First, try to keep calm and carry on taking care of your mental and physical health. Second, support the anti-war movement in whatever way you are able and willing. The world leaders need to know we do not support bombing, whether nuclear or otherwise.

Here’s the peace and justice movement.

Here’s how to find the nearest protest near you.

Make your own Keep Calm and Carry On poster.

Good News

You can be your own fact-checker to fight against “fake news.” Google has created a tool available everywhere in every language.

Also, this quote: “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” -Willie Nelson, singer, songwriter


Sandra de Helen, author of the lesbian thriller Till Darkness Comes also pens the Shirley Combs/Dr. Mary Watson series. She is a poet, journalist, and a playwright. Her plays have been produced in the Philippines, Ireland and Canada, Chicago, New York City, and in thirteen states. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Dramatists Guild. Her books are available online, at Another Read Through Bookstore in Portland, Oregon, and Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego. Samples of her work are available on her website.

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