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Originally posted by thisguyrighthere
This ordeal never made any sense to me.
So there are missiles on Cuba. Okay.
We handle it with threats?
If they were going to use the missiles threatening them wouldnt have worked.
The fear of nuclear war is an irrational one. Even in a leader of a nation is a hellbent psychopath there are still plenty of hands between the mythical maniacal super villain and the actual launching of a missile.
As much as we would like to believe that there are suicidal lunatics with their shaky fingers hovering over the button that just isnt the case or we would have experienced at least one attack in this last half century.
MAD works because no one can win and even in the cases of fanatics who dont care to win there would be no one left to worship their great leaders struggles in an endless conflict with the great satan nor would there be resources or land left to conquer.
Castro never would have fired them. Kruschev never would have fired them. Ahmadinejad wont ever fire them. NK is a bit of an anomaly but I am reasonably sure they would never fire them.
Barring some sort of accidental launching nuclear war is mythical for all intents and purposes and will never happen nor would it have in the past.