Is there really anything left to be said relevant to Nuclear Weapons?
It may sound strange to inquire, but... how do you argue against
deliberately harnessing the power of the sun thereby acquiring the
capability of destroying the whole of humanity in the process?
That which may have seemed an endeavor freely chosen can certainly no
longer be undone by any similar and/or approximate measure. The very
essence of Nuclear Weapons is a notion seemingly so absurd that even
the best arguments in opposition ring as absurdly obvious.
Anything new to be said?
Prior to the advent of Nuclear Weapons the weak were weak through the constant of proportion on a plane of shared factors relevant to the cumulative strength of any one or more national entities.
Before the Bomb (BTB)
Prior to the advent of Nuclear Weapons the weak were weak through the constant of proportion on a
plane of shared factors relevant to the cumulative strength of any one or more national entities. Even
the weakest nations realized it was feasible to approximate equality in strength if enough coalitions could
be retained and maintained. In the absence of an ability to compete upon the world stage, a weak nation
was required to sustain upon the limited resources within borders and/or rely upon the conditional
charity from other countries.
BTB, even the strongest nation was, at least theoretically, vulnerable to coalitions of lesser forces. Over
countless centuries of social evolution, 'BTB logic' would dictate that diplomacy would gradually rule the
day as enlightened leaders would surely have recognized the futility of sovereignty based solely upon
military might. Yet any review of world history suggests that despite the promise of many social
advances, the number of deaths through organized violent conflict continued to escalate well into the
Equality and the Bomb
Contained within the power of nuclear weapons lies the very essence of human equality in concentrated
form. Those who 'have' cannot understand the appeal of nuclear weapons for those who 'have not'. It is
here we encounter the first of 4 nuclear weapon propositions:
So, can anything new or remotely meaningful be said? Maybe not, but the
meaning of failure in this case is a universally understood consequence.