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    Re: Are nuclear weapons a deterrent?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    You don't think that air raid rehearsals in grade school were ridiculous? How about those fallout shelters? Yes, the world went a little bit bonkers during the Cold War. Yes. Yes, they did.
    The threat was very real and that was shown, indubitably, on numerous occasions. Whether or not "duck and cover" drills were silly is neither here nor there. I think a very great deal of what happens in schools in response to perceived dangers is ridiculous (like kids getting suspended for drawing soldiers with guns). It doesn't mean I don't think there are actual problems and dangers.
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    Re: Are nuclear weapons a deterrent?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Would we allow U.N. inspectors to inspect our nuclear facilities? I don't think so.
    Inspect us for what? They already know we have nuclear weapons...

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    Re: Are nuclear weapons a deterrent?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Why can Israel be the only people in the middle east with nukes?
    Ah yes, the default argument from anyone whose total knowledge of the history of the situation comes from an assortment of loosely related cnn headlines...

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    Re: Are nuclear weapons a deterrent?

    The posts in this thread have pretty much covered the topic. Yes, having nukes is a deterrent... which is why every country that doesn't have nukes wants them or will want them as soon as they feel threatened.

    Eventually, all of the countries who want them will have them. Genie is out of the bottle, and we're not going to get the top back on... ever. When that happens, rogue nations (like Iran, NK and others) will not be shooting them from their own soil. They'll be selling them to others or giving them to their own lackeys to be set off at remote locations... like Tel Aviv or NYC.

    Like Risky Thicket, I don't believe it's a question of "if", it's a question of "when". If Iran's nuclear program is destroyed this year, I don't think WWIII will break out, and I do think it will be at least another decade before Iran comes this close again. But when Iran has a nuke, I believe it will definitely use the nuke in a manner that they can deny responsibility. That is when WWIII will break out.

    I hope I'm long gone by then. It's my kids and grandkids that I truly worry about, and what kind of world awaits them.

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    Re: Are nuclear weapons a deterrent?

    Israel is NOT alone in the Mideast nuclear race, they are however the only non-arabic entity.

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    Re: Are nuclear weapons a deterrent?

    I think that fact the world survived the Cold war is enough evidence for me

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    Re: Are nuclear weapons a deterrent?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Lets say Iran is making a nuclear bomb (no one knows thats why the UN team is there), lets say they are and they do.. Who gives a ****?

    Not you, that's for sure.
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    Re: Are nuclear weapons a deterrent?

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Not you, that's for sure.
    what would they gain as a nation if they fired a short range nuke? Would not be worth it for them and they know this

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    Re: Are nuclear weapons a deterrent?

    Quote Originally Posted by tecoyah View Post
    Israel is NOT alone in the Mideast nuclear race, they are however the only non-arabic entity.
    Pakistan is an Islamic nation with nukes.










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    Re: Are nuclear weapons a deterrent?

    Quote Originally Posted by Higgins86 View Post
    what would they gain as a nation if they fired a short range nuke? Would not be worth it for them and they know this
    The fear is... and it's legitimate in my view... is that if Iran gets a nuke, it has minions who can hand-deliver it to any place they wish, like Tel Aviv or NYC. Meanwhile, they have plausible deniability, knowing that there will be no proof that they are behind the attack.

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