"The only rational course of action is to cease living under the conditions where our mutual destruction is only one impulsive tantrum away."
The concept of killing off a billion people because you don’t like some particular dictator-for-life is bizarre and anti-God. Many of the dictator’s subjects don’t like the creep either.
Kings used to intermarry to prevent disastrous wars. We could do that. Actually Mr. Trump already married two former Soviet-bloc women. Perhaps if we did a great deal more of this behavior, nobody would want to launch the bomb because it would kill off their own families first.
For that matter, we probably should have a 1 square mile well-populated U.S. enclave perhaps ten miles downwind from the Kremlin. We blow up Moscow, we get some blowback on people we know. We could reciprocate with an enclave near the Maryland shore. The cost of a global thermonuclear war is far greater than the cost of setting up an enclave or two.
Now about that nuclear football: why should a somewhat paranoid President have the sole right to push the button at 4:30 a.m.? Why not have a jury of twelve (fairly well-paid) ordinary citizens of each country, and either most or all of them (or the survivors) have to decide to push the button or else the missiles won’t launch? Wouldn’t that be a bit safer for the world?
This is disappointing coverage. To cite N. Korea’s recent tests and not once mention the nuclear maneuverings of the U.S. is disingenuous. Jo Hayward-Haines
Another meaningless award, as sensible as Obama’s.
No nation that has nuclear weapons is going to give them up. ICAN receives the Nobel for “wishful thinking.” Notice that not one of the nations that has endorsed this wonderful treaty actually has nuclear weapons.
All the mice got together and decided that the cat should wear a bell. Now who gets to bell the cat?
Egypt is going nuclear - and soon - and Russia is going to build it - a Generation 3 nuclear power plant on the Mediterranean coast about 130 kilometers northwest of Cairo.
In his recent surprise visit to Syria & Egypt, Vladimir Putin and Russia are now positioned on both the north and south of Israel.
The only way forward I think is for all nuclear countries to ratify the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, and for this to happen, the United States will have to be on board.
Arguably an irrational North Korea poses the greatest nuclear threat, but not in the way you might think. The fear is, an equally irrational U.S. administration could decide to preemptively take out the North’s nuclear capability. It would be a constitutionally illegal war act, but push come to shove, with prison walls closing in on Trump, it is not beyond him to use a war as a pretext to seize control of the government, or at least to derail the legal threat.
Now we have been told that the Pentagon has this precise war game plan ready. But the best laid plans of rats etc., and we just might miss. North Korea launches the war heads, and millions of innocents perish.
Call it paranoia, call it idle speculation, but knowing what you know today about Trump, can you truly say the probability is zero?
If one is not paranoid about our insane leader with his tiny hands on the nuclear trigger; then you are either part of Trumps base; an evangelical, that belongs to the church insanity of the rapture; or have not been paying attention!
You misconstrued my last sentence, a rhetorical question. If the probability in not zero, it follows that the previous scenario I outlined ,that is, a deranged or self-preserving push of the nuclear button by Trump, should be of great concern to us.
‘Paranoia’ and ‘idle speculation’ are self deprecating terms, false modesty if you will, as in “not”.