posted on Mar, 3 2008 @ 10:46 PM
As others have pointed out, war between two nuclear-armed states does not, in itself, imply a nuclear exchange...India / Pakistan is an excellent
example. This implies that under the right conditions, a war might stay conventional. The fact that Israel hasn't used its nuclear arsenal to put
paid to one or more of their neighbors also lends credence to the idea that (for whatever reasons, usually political and / or economic) nuclear
weapons aren't the first choice to settle disputes.
With that said, there's one circumstance that virtually guarantees the deployment of every nuclear device available. Someone above me came close to
it when he asked whether (assuming they had the capability) the Russians would've used nuclear weapons against Germany in World War II. The better
question would be whether the Germans would have used nukes against an invading Russian army...and the obvious answer is "Bet yer backside!". No
nuclear armed state is going to go down to ultimate defeat without using its nuclear weapons. To revisit an example mentioned earlier, India and
Pakistan had a war that didn't escalate to a nuclear exchange...so long as they were fighting along their border. Let the Pakistani army get within
shouting distance of New Delhi, and you'll more than likely see mushroom clouds.
It's far too late to make a long story short, but I can summarize it. Would a war between nuclear armed states involve nuclear weapons? Answer: Under
most conditions, the odds are heavily against it...but in one condition (that of decisive strategic defeat), almost inevitably.