posted on Jul, 15 2008 @ 01:40 PM
Originally posted by Sarkazmon
Isn't the nuclear bomb "doomsday'ish" enough?
The person who said you would be a terrorist with one. It means that all countries with Nuclear bomb are terrorist countries.
The person who said game over when others reverse engineered it. I guess it is game over with all these nukes around!
M.A.D. is just that. Mad.
MAD has one, and only one, redeeming virtue, but that's a fairly big one. It worked for the better part of 60 years. In practical terms, it's a hard
doctrine to replace, since, to borrow a line from the movie "Wargames", "The only way to win is not to play". How does one "not play"? There
are three basic methods:
1 - The "Kumbayah" method, where we all sit around singing "Kumbayah" and "Give Peace a Chance", chant motivational mantras, visualize world
peace, and wait for the barbaric, awful nuclear weapons to vanish from the face of the earth in a flourish of pixie wings. As you can tell from my
phrasing, I don't hold out much hope for this approach, since it requires a fundamental change in human nature that hasn't happened in 6,000 years,
and probably isn't happening any time soon.
2 - The "It's not possible, even though we could do it in the 60s, and India can do it today" method. This one's also known as "Missile
Defense". Nike-Hercules could pull contact kills on missile warheads in the 60s, and the Indian military (among others) is working on a missile
defense system even as I type this. It's very possible to kill a ballistic missile, even a maneuvering one...after all, if it maneuvers too
radically, it's not going to hit its target. Also remember that a missile shield doesn't have to be 100% effective (and, in fact, probably
shouldn't be...I'll leave the "why" on that one as an exercise for the interested reader).
3 - The MAD method. This one doesn't require a change in human nature...in fact, it plays to the most basic of human behaviors, self-preservation.
That makes it better than number 1. It's also cheaper than option 2, and less technically demanding...which makes it better to the bean-counters who
make these decisions, regardless of what their pet engineers tell them.