Like most americans, you are probably sitting or listening in on Obama's speech about what he plans to do with IS. A good bunch of you are upset that
he's interrupting a primetime show with his blather, and I feel you. But I ask of you all to consider the situation, which I will offer you through
my point of view, of which i have chaotic neutral alignment
It's firmly established that IS and it's "parent" group al-Qaida are bad news. I don't like them, you don't like them, everyone here hates them
with a passion, and everyone has different views on how they should be dealt with. As i tend to lurk mor than post, i come across the odd comment that
the entire Middle East should be nuked ane either wiped off the map or 'made into glass'.
Extreme and hyperbolic, yes, but let us assume that the US exhausts it's other options and decides to drop the BigOne (or a certain other country
with nuclear capabilities decides to push the big red button in the name of defense...Blisrael...). Let's posit that is is a strong bomb, say a
couple of peacemakers, target the main strongholds of IS, bang boom, done.
All is good right? We won USA USA bald eagles flying in f-16s powered by beer and apple pie while Washington and Lincoln double wield M-16s that shoot
red white and blue firework bullets?
Unfortunately I, plus sane people, would vehemently disagree. Why you ask?
Point One- Collateral damage of the innocents: Think back to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. these targets were chosen because of their importance to Imperial
Japan. The bombs dropped, they turned into fireballs. Americans cheered....until we saw the pictures of the aftermath. People literally falling apart,
and of course they were not military elite, but ordinary men, women and children making a life for themselves. Now take that and raise it to hundreds
of thousands to millions, (a rough estimate). Sure we got the bad guys, but so many others would suffer. Also, unlike Japan, areas in the Middle East
are very limited in resources, even with extra aid from other countries.
Point Two- Fallout, Not just a game series: Alright, so US nukes Mid-East to crush IS and other threats. Many innocent people die, but we write it off
as collateral damage, maybe feel like dicks and send a couple Red Cross units. Everything should be fine now, right?
I'm sure more educated members can explain this more, but as I tend to remember from the entry in my 1985 encyclopedia, there is something called
fallout and it travels EVERYWHERE. Case in point, when Fukushima pooped its pants (according to the animated Japanese infographic) the whole site was
inundated with maps showing how radiation from the crippled nuclear plant was gonna blow over the west coast and turn it into Mad Max scenario. For
older, European members, you may also remember Chernobyl and the rustling of jimmies when fallout came from there. Presuming that only one general
area was bombed, and how the wind currents are, some of our allies might be getting some radioactive nastiness i.e. Turkey, Jordan, Israel, Iraq,
Iran, parts of Egypt and Saudi Arabia. And by taking an account how babies born with defects have risen in the areas due to depleted uranium exposure,
imagine the numbers after a hypothetical nuking.
Point three- Were we really better than them?: People are dead and dying, those who lived are going to be mutants, and not the good X-Men type, and
some of our friends are getting sloppy seconds from the fallout. We're still awesome USA, bastion of Freedom still?
Let's return to 1945, where the war has ended and America nukes her way into the top spot. Some countries fear us, othe countries want to be us. We
are riding that gravy train to the future and setting the best example, we are the mould! Lest you forget that Earth in 1945, is made up of both
wartorn and developing countries, thus making America, and in retrospect England and Soviet Union, the Big Kahuna.
It's now 2014, and America is still tops, but other countries like China and India are edging in. Add to that all the scandals that had happened,
America is looking more li,e a washed up actor in the global arena, reliving the glory days hard. 1945 America was a beast, but more countries have
gained nuke properties, and thanks to non-proliferation treaties, mutually assured destruction is not in the cards. But if the US nukes, I believe we
would be shunned by the rest of the world and crumble to dust like the Romans.
To conclude, this is just my take on the matters at hand, as i am no diplomat or political scientist. But i am a concerned young person who will be
inheriting this trainwreck of a planet if everything goes to pot.