View Poll Results: Is complete nuclear disarmament a good idea?

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  • Yes, we should destroy all nuclear weapons.

    10 21.28%
  • No, but stockpiles should be reduced.

    13 27.66%
  • No, stockpiles should be maintained at current levels.

    8 17.02%
  • No, stockpiles should be increased

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Thread: Is nuclear disarmament a good idea?

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    Re: Is nuclear disarmament a good idea?

    you can't hug your children with nuclear arms.

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    Re: Is nuclear disarmament a good idea?

    Quote Originally Posted by Whovian View Post
    you can't hug your children with nuclear arms.
    You can however, hug radioactive children with nuclear arms.

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    Re: Is nuclear disarmament a good idea?

    you can't hug your children with nuclear arms.
    Nor with bear arms.

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    Re: Is nuclear disarmament a good idea?

    Nuclear deterrence is thought to prevent conventional war. Disarmament isn't a very good option IMO, reducing stockpiles is good though.

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    Re: Is nuclear disarmament a good idea?

    For complete global disarmament to be viable, war would have to be a thing of the past.

    As it stands, nations with nuclear weapons are still engaging in conventional warfare anyway, like India and Pakistan did. Nukes are more about ensuring payback if faced with absolute annihilation from one's enemy, but no one wants to be completely obliterated. War has always been about gaining strategic power or natural resources. Nukes are purely an end game scenario.

    Nations are going to keep wanting to develop nukes, even the most crazy ones. We are not ultimately going to be able to stop them. The key to our progression as a race is learning to live with our most dangerous knowledge, that everyone has access to, and not self-destructing. If we can't do that then there is no point in continuing. So far we seem to be doing fine. The powers that matter all have nukes and we haven't blown ourselves up yet.

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    Re: Is nuclear disarmament a good idea?

    The genie is out of the bottle. There is no putting him back. If we dispose of all our nukes, then some tin horn dictator can take over the world with one nuke.
    Last edited by gmeyers1944; 11-09-10 at 02:47 PM. Reason: spelling

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    Re: Is nuclear disarmament a good idea?

    Not Really, theyd only get one shot.

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    Re: Is nuclear disarmament a good idea?

    There is really no benefit in having the ability to destroy the world. I can't say for sure if we should get rid of all nuclear weapons, but there's no reason not to get rid of most of them.
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    Re: Is nuclear disarmament a good idea?

    get rid of most of them
    1. We need to be able to strike quickly (from multiple close locations).
    2. We need to be able to strike in return, with some or many launch sites disabled.

    Without the redundancy, the deterrent does not exist. We could get rid of a few. It's not about being able to destroy the world, it's about being able to strike x with y quickly and with z if y is gone.
    Last edited by ecofarm; 11-09-10 at 03:24 PM.

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    Re: Is nuclear disarmament a good idea?

    Its a great idea - until some nutjob gets one and you're left w/o a deterrent.

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