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

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  • No, but stockpiles should be reduced.

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  • No, stockpiles should be maintained at current levels.

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    Re: Is nuclear disarmament a good idea?

    Nuclear weapons prevented the Cold War from developing into World War III. Mutually assured destruction is a proven deterrent.
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    Re: Is nuclear disarmament a good idea?

    Quote Originally Posted by Morality Games View Post
    Nuclear weapons prevented the Cold War from developing into World War III. Mutually assured destruction is a proven deterrent.
    No... diplomacy and good luck prevented that from happening.

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    Re: Is nuclear disarmament a good idea?

    Quote Originally Posted by Orion View Post
    No... diplomacy and good luck prevented that from happening.
    Do you think the USSR would or would not have taken direct control of all of Europe if not for the US nuclear deterrent?
    Do you think the USSR would or would not have used its nuclear weapon on the US, if not for the US nuclear deterrent?
    Why?

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    Re: Is nuclear disarmament a good idea?

    Quote Originally Posted by Orion View Post
    No... diplomacy and good luck prevented that from happening.
    Nuclear weapons forced diplomacy.

    I can understand wanting to get rid of nuclear weapons, but you can't look at the Cold War and say the threat of nuclear annihilation didn't motivate political and military actions.
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    Re: Is nuclear disarmament a good idea?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    Do you think the USSR would or would not have taken direct control of all of Europe if not for the US nuclear deterrent?
    Do you think the USSR would or would not have used its nuclear weapon on the US, if not for the US nuclear deterrent?
    Why?
    I was mostly referring to the Cuban missle crisis. Nuclear weapons got us to that point, and it was level headed leadership that prevented the pot from boiling over.

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    Re: Is nuclear disarmament a good idea?

    Quote Originally Posted by Morality Games View Post
    Nuclear weapons forced diplomacy.

    I can understand wanting to get rid of nuclear weapons, but you can't look at the Cold War and say the threat of nuclear annihilation didn't motivate political and military actions.
    It definitely played a part... but at the ninth hour when we were on the verge of blowing ourselves to smitherines, it was control and calm that got us through it. That was our first major test with nuclear weapons.

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    Re: Is nuclear disarmament a good idea?

    No.

    We will need them to fight off the ravening alien hordes from space.

    And to blow up random asteroids on July 4th, 2076 (or something).

    Very important.

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    More seriously, did you take into account all the OTHER kinds of "WMD" out there?

    If (hypothetically) a reincarnated version of the USSR hits NYC with a biological attack that wipes its population out, what do we do?

    MAD would tell us to at least wipe out one of their main cities.

    But if we could nuke the plants and facilities that launched the attack....

    One nice thing about nukes - methinks any known (and many unknown) biological agents would be eliminated by a nuclear strike on their manufacturing/storage facility....

    Downside too that is the radiation afterwards...
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    Re: Is nuclear disarmament a good idea?

    Personally, I'm not in favor of complete nuclear disarmament. I think nukes are important as a deterrent, and I honestly believe they may have an important role in future plans to defend us from dangerous objects which could impact the earth from space.

    I do think that our current stockpiles' ability to render the earth uninhabitable several times over is a bit overkill, and that stockpiles should be reduced. I honestly don't think any country needs more than a couple hundred of them at most.
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    Re: Is nuclear disarmament a good idea?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    Is it true that people can be blinded by their belief that humanity is inherently good? That nations will just disarm themselves?
    It's not about the possibility that some country would nuke us. It's about opportunistic hawks in all the countries who use imagined threats to keep the pot boiling.

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    Re: Is nuclear disarmament a good idea?

    Quote Originally Posted by Orion View Post
    I was mostly referring to the Cuban missle crisis. Nuclear weapons got us to that point, and it was level headed leadership that prevented the pot from boiling over.
    That's one instance across 45+ years of history, and it doesnt address the questions I asked.
    ble What do you suppose would have happened in October of 61 if the US had no credible nuclear deterrent?

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