Nuclear Weapons

Nuclear Disarmament – a naive idea?

Jeremy Corbyn’s statements about scrapping the Trident nuclear weapons system has again resulted in responses that such ideas are naive and a gut reaction that have not been thought through. I have previously written more extensively about this here but I am just going to re-iterate one of the argument. First of all I would […]

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Deterrence: Terrorists

First of all it is important to point out that nuclear weapons are terror weapons. They have limited military value and are design to kill large numbers of civilians. One of the problems is that deterrence does not work if you do not know who attacked you. It could be a non-state player or a […]

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Nuclear Deterrence: Cuban Missile Crisis

I am not going to give a full account of the crisis since it has been detailed elsewhere1. However I would like to point out the following points. The US had a long campaign against Cuba including sponsoring the ‘Bay of Pigs Invasion’ The US had previously moved nuclear weapons into Turkey which threatened Moscow […]

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Nuclear Weapons: Ending The War With Japan

Ending The War With Japan First of all some pictures: You may think that these are pictures of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. However, they are  Tokyo and Osaka after bombing in 1945. In fact at least 66 Japanese cities were bombed before the dropping of the atomic bombs killing more people than the atomic bombs. This […]

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Nuclear Weapons: Keeping the peace for 60 years?

One of the arguments for nuclear weapons is that they have ‘kept the peace’ for the last 60 years. Deterring an event is not the same as stopping it. It is possible to deter crime but all that means is that you hope to decrease the probability of it happening. There may be a deterrence […]

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Witch Burning and Nuclear Deterrence

This is the first in a series of posts about nuclear deterrence. Although there are records of witch burning in Europe since very early there was a peak in the 17th century. Manuals on witch hunting including the Malleus Maleficarum (Hammer of the Witches) were printed, witch hunters appointed and many people (mainly women) were hanged […]

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Odd Socks And The Dangers Of Nuclear Proliferation

Before talking about nuclear proliferation I am going to explain a concept which people may have covered at school – odd socks in a drawer. For some reason all of my socks are odd. How many different combinations I have depends on the number of socks in my drawer. If I have two socks I […]

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Nuclear Proliferation

In light of what is happening in Iran and North Korea it seems strange that there has been very little mentioned about the link between nuclear power and nuclear weapons. There are many countries now talking about becoming a nuclear power. For example Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan says that he wants to  actualize Nigeria’s dream […]

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Thorium and Proliferation

I will probably write about the Thorium cycle a bit more at some later point. There seems to be a growing number of people who say that we can use Thorium as a nuclear fuel. One of the reasons they state is that you cannot make a bomb from Uranium-233 and therefore the thorium cycle […]

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