Originally posted by RedOctober90
I rememmber the 80's portion, but I have several members of the family who were alive back in the 50's and said that they never lived in
fear over nuclear war, it was just two paranoid nations threatening each other but none of them really had the "balls" to launch knowing that MAD
was in place.\
the Islamic fundemtalists wouldn't think twice about launching nukes.
During the Cold War atleast there was warning of an attack.
[Edited on 2-5-2004 by RedOctober90]
Ok, no offense, but seeing that you were born in 86', I really can't see how much of the Cold War you could have been aware of at 5 and 6 years
Warning? Warnings did not matter in the cold war. With Soviet and US ICBM subs all over, where were you going to hide? Unless you had the access and
time to get to a serious bunker or lived out in the middle of no-where, you were a goner.
The warning was only long enough for you to say your last prayers.
It did not matter about who had the "balls" to use the weapons. It would only take one time, or one slip-up.
At that time, it was like a great big game of poker. Constant bluffing, but the stakes were the highest of all time. Total destruction, which is
something not worth risking. Neither side knew if the other side had the "balls" to go through with it. As a result, I grew up with a healthy
respect for the Soviet Union's strength.
The US and the Soviet Union came within an inch of a Nuke War during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Recently released info shows that we were much closer
than the public knew. Thank God that it did not happen.
As far as Islamic fanatics getting Nukes, it is only a matter of time.
And yes, I agree that with you that at this point, they would most likely not hesitate to use them. Why bother hanging around Earth, when you can get
72 virgins in the afterlife?
[Edited on 2-5-2004 by Facefirst]