Deterrence

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 areĀ  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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