posted on Aug, 20 2008 @ 11:43 PM
All the hoopla over Georgia has raised a lot of questions about whether or not we're returning to the cold war. Russia has been spitting out threats
about what kind of retaliation might be headed our way over the missile defense treaty with Poland. So, what happens if the US and Russia actually
I watched a truly disturbing show on one of the cable channels that talked to a number of survivors of the nuclear bombs dropped in Japan. Based on
what happened in Japan, it would seem that while a US-Russia nuclear exchange would be devastating, people WOULD survive. Both the US and Russia
would be extensively damaged as super-powers. Because of the mutual defense treaties, Europe and the countries around Russia would enter the war
(NATO members), and I would assume they would also suffer extensive damage.
So what might the outcome be? Wouldn't China end up as the world's only super power? China would undoubtedly suffer fallout damage and radiation
casualties. Given their high population density, they would need to suffer significant damage to prevent their ascention to our former role as super
power. While it might be assumed that China would enter the war on Russia's side, that may not be the case given China's economic dependence on the
US. It seems far more likely they would attempt to remain neutral, and might survive the war with less damage.
Global effects of a nuclear war (environmental, for example) are unclear.
How do you think the world would be shaped by a nuclear war between the US and Russia?