The Greatest Fireworks Show
I am a proponent of atomic weapons. History is quite clear on their effectiveness, only 2 have ever been used in anger, and that was eons ago at the end of WW2. This is despite there being tens of thousands of them in existence at some points since 1945. Clearly there is a deterrent effect. Atomic weapons have essentially ended war. (at least for the time being.)
Don’t misunderstand me, we still get together every now and then to participate in the great human tradition of killing each other, but in comparison the wars prior to the end of WW2, these are piddly things. So maybe we need a new name, other than war, to describe these fairly small scale conflicts. Another thing is wars usually start as small conflicts and grow and expand, this phenomenon has pretty much halted.
A world without nukes might be a better one, but we have always known the “atomic genie” can never be put back into its bottle. However for the last 25 years or so the two biggest nuclear powers (US and Russia) have been cutting back their supplies. Dumb idea. Between us we still have enough nukes to practically sterilize the earth, so having 10 times the number needed is really not an issue, it’s political bull shit, a purely symbolic, and expensive practice.
Lets also not forget these things cost us money, then we turn around without making use of them and spend more of our money to get rid of them, kind of like buying a car, hanging onto it for a while, then paying someone else to take the car without you having ever driven it.
If we must cut the weapons stockpile, lets at least get our money’s worth. Lets launch a shit ton into the moon and let everyone watch, if we aren’t getting the devastation we paid for, lets at least turn them in to glorified fireworks for our entertainment.