[quote] Originally posted by Scott H.:
It's my hypothetical. I get to set the rules. The info is spot on. The planes will be loaded with nukes headed to, let's say, Israel. The nuke bunker buster is the only bomb you'll be sure to blow the Iragi bunker deep under ground. What do you do? <hr></blockquote>
You can see that you stated that in your hypothetical situation there was nothing in doubt. This is not how life works, but war strategy is a little more like your hypothetical than it should be.
Military Buildup in the cold war was entirely based on hypotheticals.
The Russians were researching psychic powers throughout the cold war because hypothetically, if ESP existed, the U.S. might be using it and then there would be an ESP gap. This wasn't a very dangerous outcome from a hypothetical, it just wasted money and contributed to the eventual total financial ruin of a superpower.
A much more dangerous hypothetical situation is anyone launching nuclear weapons. The fallout would spread. I assume you don't know anyone who's died of radiation poisoning. I don't either, but I've got friends who do. A friend of mine from Serbia (look it up on a map) knew someone who got bone cancer because he had a scraped knee from a bike accident when Chernoble melted down. Chernoble is in the Ukrane, kind of far away from Serbia. But when radiation is released into the atmosphere (or drinking water, or topsoil) it has a way of spreading and finding its way into a whole lot of innocent and distant bystanders.
The hypothetical of the Cold War was "If the other side has the capability to make nuclear weapons, and we have the capability to make our own weapons, what's the best way of keeping the upper hand?" We had two answers, first Build more nuclear weapons, and second waste lots and lots of money on a missile defense grid. Of course we only pondered the second when that dumba$$ Reagan came into power.
Also remember that Bin Laden was originally trained and funded by The U.S. to fight Russia. an Hussain was funded because he was an enemy of Iran.
[quote] Originally posted by Scott H.
If people continuee to think your way we'll all end up being held ransom by the Hussains of the world. Oh and 10 million more Jews will be dead. <hr></blockquote>
My way of thinking, which is that nuclear weapons are not a worthwhile deterent, does not preclude actions like the NATO intervention in Kosovo, which subsequently forced a genocidal dictator from power. My way of thinking doesn't promote the idea of developing nuclear weapons to prove that you're a member of the first world and shouldn't be reconed with like India and Pakistan have done. My way of thinking simply suggests that when nuclear weapons are used everyone gets f---ed.
Your way of thinking is short sighted, because you don't think about the consequences of the actions that you would take.