There’s a CNN political poll today expressing some interesting numbers regarding nuclear weapons; folks who are not familiar with the notion; once Pandora’s Box has been opened, it’s too late.
“Fifty-eight percent of women favor the elimination of all nuclear weapons, but most men don't share that view,” says Holland. “People under 50 also call for the elimination of all nuclear weapons, but people over 50 - who are more likely to remember the Cold War - think that the U.S. and a few other countries should retain their nuclear arms.”
“In 1988, the same question produced a 56 percent to 41 percent margin in favor of eliminating all nuclear weapons. According to that poll, only a quarter of Americans think it is possible to get rid of nuclear weapons worldwide. That is also a change from the late 1980s, when more than a third of all Americans said that it was possible to eliminate all nuclear weapons.”
I’d have to blame these results on poor reasoning skills. Those over 50 who are calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons are showing signs of memory loss (CRS) while those under 50 are living in fantasy land with no understanding of how ruthless the world’s bad guys can be if not deterred by a force too terrible to mess with.
A brief history lesson would yield insight on the development of nuclear weapons; my apology for the use of the word “yield”, a Freudian slip no doubt. The generations involved in WWII were in a deadly struggle, all interested in total dominance. Germany was close to the magic solution just prior to their having been taken out of the equation; unconditional surrender to Allied forces. American scientists, under the coordinated supervision of the military, unlocked the secrets necessary to unleash the power of the atom. Shortly thereafter Japan was subjected to the atomic bomb and also surrendered unconditionally. Nuclear weaponry had shown its effectiveness and “could never be put back into the bottle”.
As a minor point of interest, my father would have been part of the invasion fleet, a full frontal attack on Japan, had the atomic bomb not destroyed their will to continue the war effort. I’ve considered the human loss associated with dropping such a horrendous weapon on anyone while at the same time calculating the staggering losses to Allied forces had such an invasion taken place. I’m grateful my father and countless others never had to learn how dedicated the Japanese were to securing their homeland from conventional military tactics.
Following the end of WWII the Cold War took over; a steady race to see which nation could manufacture the most destructive nuclear arsenal, Russia (USSR) or America (USA). The collapse of the USSR led many to believe that the threat of nuclear attack was all but ended; however, the secrets of nuclear military technology had long since been shared or stolen. Third world nations with less than stable leaders now have nuclear capabilities with long range delivery systems. To believe otherwise is lunacy; to establish treaties in the name of such lunacy when you are the president of the United States of America is incredibly short sighted, to the point of being criminally negligent.
Next week there will be another poll to find out how many folks want gunpowder eliminated, making it impossible for gun owners to shoot their evil weapons. No doubt there will be similar percentages showing a united desire to rid the world of danger. Anyone not in favor of getting rid of gunpowder must be radical right wing hate mongers intent on killing or maiming innocent children. Names will be taken of anyone not in favor of destroying all gunpowder stores worldwide.
This article has been cross posted to The Moral Liberal , a publication whose banner reads, “Defending The Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government, & The American Constitution”.