One More For The Road
Originally posted by instar
Someone must be the first to lead the way, paranoia must be overcome.
A jouney of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
I really shouldn't be here, but I just wanted to comment before I move on.
I hear you. Totally. I wish it were that easy.
The truth is that the genie is out of the bottle, and we can't put it back. We might as well try to eliminate the discovery and knowledge of fire or
Nuclear weapons are real, and nuclear weapons technology cannot be unlearned, no matter how much we might want it to go away. Even Al Qaeda knows how
to build nukes.
We can't go back.
When the U.S. developed the atomic bomb, it was during a vicious and brutal world war in which millions of people died, most of them civilians.
At the time, we were in an arms race against Nazi Germany, which was also working on a nuclear weapon. We know this because after the war, their
scientists came over and helped our scientists.
After Nazi Germany, we were up against Stalin's Soviet Union, which also got the bomb. While Soviet tanks rolled through eastern Europe, they labeled
Meanwhile, many western Europeans protested the U.S. presence and resistance to Soviet expansion, condemning our strategies while apparently
unconcerned about what would have happened if we would have listened to them.
The Cold War was a very real war, and I challenge critics of the U.S. to claim that they would have preferred the Soviet Union to have won instead,
and what life would have been like if that had happened.
Now several nations have nuclear weapons, despite our best efforts to prevent that. People blame us for trying to prevent the spread of weapons, and
for not trying -- sometimes the same people.
And we are now at war. Not just the “War on Terrorism”, but a much bigger war, just as real as the Cold War, and with the potential to be even
more deadly, if we can imagine that. If for no other reason, it is potentially more deadly because there are now more people to kill.
And this new war is not like any other war. It is undeclared even though it is global in scope -- reaching even into space -- and very few people know
its extent and seriousness. The price of defeat in this war is extinction, and the threat is very real.
Let's be honest about the situation. If the U.S. unilaterally disarmed, do you really think the world would be a better place?
And what would happen to the U.S.? Do you really think we would be left alone? And what about our allies? Would they be safe and secure without us?
To understand the reasons for our answers, you must understand what you're asking.
What you're asking is something we simply cannot do.