The 20% Solution

Iran announced that they were now a nuclear state, having successfully enriched uranium to 20%, the hardest part of the uranium enrichment process, with the enrichment to weapons grade 80% a walk in the park. You will recall that in 1945 the United States exploded two uranium bombs over Japan, one of which, Little Boy, was an 80% enriched uranium bomb (U-235, the other, Fat Man, being a plutonium U-239 bomb). The Middle East game is now afoot, and the question is whether Israel will strike before or after being hit.



The game’s afoot, cried Sherlock Holmes

Percentage they’re at twenty

Dear Watson now you will recall

When seven percent was plenty

I wager Moriarty is

Behind this foul adventure

What once was thought a toothless land

Has now a nuclear denture

Calm down old fellow, Watson sighed

LeStrade is on the caper

According to this morning’s Times

And every other paper

Ah, Mrs. Hudson, come right in

Our lunch, we thank you madam

Now Holmes we mustn’t rush right in

And think they have the atom

Quite right, old fellow, this I know

They haven’t reached conduction

Whereby the atoms transfer heat

A crude but sage deduction

But one day Holmes, they’ll have the bomb

And then what will we do

First lunch, old boy, is that the door

Ah, Bibi, right on cue



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