Gee, you mean Iran is joining North Korea as a nuclear power? And this after our president called them "evil," refused to talk to them, and showed them how we mean by-god business by overthrowing (non-nuclear) Saddam? Don't they know that when the U.S. has leadership that talks loudly and wildly swings a big stick that they're supposed to not antagonize us?
Gode: I'm thinking that the concept of MAD is as valid today as it was back when the term was first coined.
I wish, but I'm not so sure it is.
Back during the Cold War, I never really feared that the Russians would nuke us because they, like us, mainly wanted their kids to grow up, get an education, have as good a life as possible. We share a similar, Western world-view in many respects. I always worried instead about radical Islamists getting hold of nukes. If they decided to light up one or more of our cities, it would be an act of religious devotion and they'd not only not fear but actually welcome the consequences. They'd die in a state of grace.
So, we have a serious problem. But it's not a new problem. Nuclear-armed Pakistan is home to large numbers of thoroughly rabid Islamists. The only thing that currently stands between our going boom and them is Musharraff. If they ever succeed in overthrowing him, that is going to be a dark day indeed for the Western Hemisphere.
What we need to do is find a way to get that crazy ideology to moderate. Puffing up our chests and threatening force is only making that ideology grow. We'd better find a more effective way of weakening it--and fairly soon.
Edited by Spectacles, 09 April 2007 - 03:14 PM.