Nuclear War: 'One Tantrum Away'

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    Nobel Peace Prize Winner Warns That Nuclear War Is One ‘Tantrum Away’

    “We have avoided nuclear war not through prudent leadership but good fortune,” said Beatrice Fihn, at the award ceremony in Oslo.

    Total nuclear destruction is “only one impulsive tantrum away,” this year’s Noble Peace Prize winner warned while accepting the award for an international anti-nuclear weapons campaign.

    “The threat is real. We have avoided nuclear war not through prudent leadership but good fortune. Sooner or later, if we fail to act, our luck will run out,” Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), said during a ceremony in Oslo on Sunday.

    “The risk for nuclear weapons use is even greater today than at the end of the Cold War. But unlike the Cold War, today we face many more nuclear armed states, terrorists and cyber warfare,” she said. “A moment of panic or carelessness, a misconstrued comment or bruised ego, could easily lead us unavoidably to the destruction of entire cities.”

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    This should be of great concern to all of us - regardless of politics.
     
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    What the hell does some twat from Oslo know about nukes? Those Eurotwats are so poor that can't even afford to own a few of them like we can.

    Besides if it does happen, I get to live out my dream of becoming a post-apocalyptic warlord. :biggrin:
     
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    Everyone wants to abolish nuclear weapons, it's pretty pointless to say so, because it's an impossible goal, like World Peace or An End to All Hunger.
     
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    Everyone wants us to abolish nuclear weapons. Even though we invented them, even though we used them to stop a world war, and even though the mere presence of them prevented Russia and China from starting a third world war. But I don't see countries like Iran and North Korea wanting disarmament.
     
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    We've been bedwetting about Nuclear war since the day after the first one was dropped and it's never happened. Our fears have progressed from the inadvertent creation of giant monsters, to mutated human survivors in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, to machines becoming sentient and subjugating us with our own weapons. All fears of the ages, none of which have ever come remotely come close to being realised.

    It's never happened because it's always been way more than one tantrum away. The nuclear powers have created a comprehensive command and control organization that makes it impossible for a single person to start a nuclear holocaust.

    Even a rogue nuclear state indiscriminately setting off a nuke in a foreign country wouldn't automatically start a full exchange of nuclear weapons between the powers because of our command and control.

    The belief that we are all on the brink of nuclear annihilation at any moment is one of the most persistent myths of the nuclear age and while it make for engaging fiction, it's not a myth on which we should be basing our national policies.
     
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    Had the Soviet Union not stolen the atomic bomb from the United States, I believe that it might have been possible to destroy all nuclear weapons. But once the Communists had these weapons, they would never relinquish them, and that remains true today.
     
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    Those are the ones who are "one tantrum away" from starting a nuclear war.

    But the Trump-haters are so blinded by their own fantasies, they are only capable to accusing President Trump instead.
     
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    Most smart people think Trump is a moron. Really smart people really think he's a moron.
     
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    And you're a cowardly mentally diseased liberal Injun, far worse! If all these reallly smart people thought he was a moron, why did they do business with him over the years?
     
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