posted on Nov, 1 2006 @ 02:01 PM
Originally posted by djohnsto77
Sorry if this offends anyone, but I wouldn't trust the safety of my country with the French.
It is the duty of the UK Government (not the French Government, or the American Government or anyone else) to defend this country. And whilst the
threat certainly has been reduced since the end of the Cold War, we still should retain a nuclear deterrent. To be specific, a submarine-based
deterrent as these have proven effective. The missiles can't be taken out prior to a nuclear strike because you don't know where they are - and,
let's face it, you've got two-thirds of the Earth to search in order to find them.
We should extend the life of Trident at the very least, but I wouldn't commit myself to a firm decision until I've seen the alternatives. As much as
I welcome the debate, the Government so far hasn't really given us much in the way of Trident alternatives... only: "Should we replace it or should
we scrap it?". I'd like to know what we can replace it with
(Most likely whatever the Americans design as their next SLBM).
As for nuclear disarmament... Britain's policy should be this: As long as any other
nation on earth possesses nuclear weapons, we should
retain ours whether they are friend or foe. However, I'd be very happy for the UK to take part in a joint treaty which involved all
nuclear states in which they all disarm proportionately until they possess no more... though the chances of this happening are pretty slim