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The Nuclear Danger Gone?

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You can talk with perfectly intelligent, educated, well-rounded people in the United States who don't happen to work on trying to save the world from war (this is one of the dangers of relaxing your social distancing, that you run into these people), and when you raise the topic of war they'll sometimes mention how there used to be a Cold War and a danger of nuclear apocalypse "back in the 80s."

Just a month ago in U.S.-media-created-reality only lunatics thought the Coronavirus pandemic might have started in a lab, whereas now such an idea is totally worth looking into. Similarly in the 1980s nuclear apocalypse was a bit of a worry, whereas now it's over and done with. These fashion trends are not democratically chosen and have almost no connection to reality. And, I'm just going to skip over as too painful to dwell on the complete absence from the common U.S. mind of the dozens of non-cold wars during the past half-century via which the U.S. military has caused millions of deaths and incredible destruction around the world. Let's stick with just the nuclear problem.

The Soviet Union became Russia, and the nuclear weapons stockpiles of both the United States and the Soviet Union were reduced dramatically. But this reduction and I think this is a key point to grasp merely reduced the number of times either the U.S. or Russia would be able to destroy all human life on earth. This is kind of important, because destroying all life on earth a mere 15 times, rather than, say, 89 times, is from a certain perspective worth rather less than a warm bucket of piss. I mean, when looked at in a certain way (maybe I'm being a stickler) once you've destroyed the entire rock for human and most or all other life just one single time, how many shits can I really be expected to give about your inability to destroy it even just a second time?

Meanwhile some other things happened:

1) More countries got nukes: nine now and counting.

2) Countries learned that you could get nukes and just pretend you didn't, like Israel.

3) Countries learned that you could get nuclear energy and put yourself close to having nuclear weapons.

4) Scientists learned that even a limited nuclear war could end all life on earth by blotting out the sun and killing crops.

5) The U.S. threw its weight around the globe with non-nuclear weapons, leading various countries to see nukes as their best defense.

6) The Nonproliferation treaty of 1970 and its requirement of disarmament was erased from consciousness.

7) The U.S. government tore up other disarmament treaties.

8) The U.S. government began rapidly building more nukes and talking about using them.

9) Russia abandoned its policy of no first use.

10) The U.S. stuck with its policy of yes first use.

11) Historians documented numerous cases of near misses due to misunderstandings and screw-ups, as well as numerous threats to use nukes made by U.S. governments.

12) Handling nuclear weapons (given their non-existence in the popular mind) became the least prestigious career path in the whole mass-killing industry, putting the nuclear weapons under the supervision of drunks and halfwits.

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Excellent enumeration of our illusions.

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THANKS for your time in writing this report.

Some countries have over 4,000 nuclear bombs while placing illegal sanctions on weaker countries.

Western countries develop newer bombs while lecturing other countries they cannot have nuclear bombs.

Nuclear bombs have helped countries with veto power to bully, steal, and kill without getting punished for their atrocities.

Submitted on Thursday, Jun 10, 2021 at 11:18:02 PM

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