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Old 04-11-2006, 05:50 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Adept Havelock
We did when Pakistan got the bomb.
Why do you have to bring Clinton into the discussion?

I guess it remains to be seen whether the Pakistan bomb is a benign development or the beginning of armageddon. Beyond that, I don't know how much we knew about the Pakistani program at the time and I'm not sure how much of a position were were in to stop it.

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Originally Posted by Adept Havelock
MAD is still a legitimate tactic even in the post cold-war age. It worked for many decades, and will work for the forseeable future.

Realistically, I'm much more concened about Terrorists getting their hands on a surplus "Soviet" nuke than I am about Iran giving them one.
MAD will work as long as both sides behave rationally and both sides believe it is rational to avoid triggering a nuclear war. We've just been through a situation in Iraq where Saddam Hussein believed the rational choice was to leave enough ambiguity in his claim to be WMD-free that most of those interested in the subject would continue to believe he had them. That didn't work out so well for him. A miscalculation like that on a nuclear level could be pretty disasterous for all involved.

I'm not sure why you would be more concerned with surplus "Soviet" nukes than Iranian nukes. Do you think that the former Soviets are more radical (either ideologically or capitalistically) than the Iranians (who have been putting their mark on ME events by proxy for quite some time)?
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