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Comment by James Cox on October 9, 2012 at 11:17pm

DITTO!

Comment by Dr.Grixis on October 10, 2012 at 12:16pm

I don't want any single person ever to be able to "push the button" and generate a fuckstorm of destruction on earth. Never understood all the stuff about mutual destruction, if we're fucked anyway, why strike back? It's not for our sakes, right? So, it's simply revenge? Kill a couple of billion, because "they started it!"?

Comment by Strega on October 10, 2012 at 3:27pm

"When the time comes to push that button". 

You know, I would be a lot happier if that "when" was replaced with an "If ever". 

Comment by Dale Headley on October 10, 2012 at 3:33pm

Evidence suggests that George W. Bush, had he contemplated pushing the button, would have asked guidance from Jesus.  And what would have been Jesus’ response?  “Nuke the m_ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ __ _ _ s!”

Seriously, though, what is truly scary is that the ONLY country to ever callously drop atomic bombs on a helpless, innocent populace is the one that most believes there is a God who will back them up if it ever decides to do it again - one of the many evils of Christianity.
Comment by Strega on October 10, 2012 at 4:21pm

There is a wonderful scene from a UK TV show called Yes, Prime Minister - in which the 'red button' policy is discussed.  For those on low bandwidth, it is a 5.47 minute Youtube upload.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUzRJfAc-HU

Comment by Nina van der Roos on October 10, 2012 at 5:12pm
What is most interesting is how time and distance from the Cold War has shown the policy of Mutually Assured Destruction and that button to be a crock. We only need look at the current US (and Israeli - same thing really) hysteria over just one Arab nation MAYBE making enough material to make just one bomb to see that the threat of a massive nuclear arsenal does not in fact give that nation a warm fuzzy feeling over its security, it in fact makes it worse, more paranoid. If we're an American tax payer I would be seriously asking why we pay out for that vast stock of expensive bombs and yet still be ferried by one - that button is the least of your worries frankly !
Nina van der Roos.
Comment by Nina van der Roos on October 10, 2012 at 5:13pm
Terrified I meant to say there, sorry.
Comment by Tom Sarbeck on October 11, 2012 at 12:51am

Remember, the strongest of our earliest ancestors, cyanobacteria (AKA pond scum), gobbled the weaker with no feelings of guilt. We are, very slowly and occasionally backsliding, learning to get along. Progress, which included the invention of chocolate, requires patience.

Comment by Suzanne Olson-Hyde on October 11, 2012 at 8:27am

Japan would not surrender - that was the problem - the dropping of those bombs was necessary - they just would not give up. 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/japan_no_surrender_01....

The Japanese did not surrender because they had too much honor. Their emperor would not accept defeat and their people would fight to the death. They were not afraid and even after the bombs were dropped they didn't surrender. The Japanese surrendered because of the Soviet's threat to attck them. America was dragged into the war, only after Pearl Harbour - otherwise America would not have been in the war. But I am grateful that America did come into the war, otherwise Australia and eventually surrounding countries would be under Japanese rule. Without the bombs Japan would not have surrendered, keeping in mind Japan started this part of the war.

I can't imagine that scenario ever happening again - unless you get the likes of Mitt Romney who would believe in Armageddon - as did George W. This must never happen again. I do think Iran is years away from making a bomb, I would be more worried about Israel doing something dramatic, they already have the bomb.

Comment by Nina van der Roos on October 11, 2012 at 10:08am
The Japanese were seeking peace when the bombs were dropped, unfortunately they were using Russia as an intermediary and they had a vested interest in the war lasting long enough to secure certain strategic territories, though the allies were aware of this. The Japanese by 1945 were very fractured internally with the politicians once again starting to gain control and the military loosing its grip. History is written by the victors.

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