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  •  I can't think of a single Nuclear armed (5+ / 0-)
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    state that has ever been invaded. Now, that might be luck, but most states with nuclear weapons would use them if they faced significant territory losses. I really can't imagine Russia risking nuclear war.

    There is no nuclear threat that makes sense. Mutually assured destruction doesn't make sense. But somehow it magically works. The sad fact is that countries can look at history and see that only countries that don't have nuclear weapons get invaded.

    If knowledge is power and power corrupts, does that mean that knowledge corrupts?

    by AoT on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 05:02:03 PM PST

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    •  What nuclear weapons are good for (0+ / 0-)

      is deterring a nuclear attack from another state. Not so good for deterring something you can't respond to with a nuke.

      •  The why has no nuclear armed state been (2+ / 0-)
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        invaded?

        Because if what you're saying is true then we should have seen a conventional attack on a nuclear armed state. And nuclear weapons most certainly can deter other sorts of attacks. The threat of a nuclear attack will deter a invasion.

        If knowledge is power and power corrupts, does that mean that knowledge corrupts?

        by AoT on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 06:48:16 PM PST

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        •  In this case the other state is also nuclear armed (0+ / 0-)

          And so escalating to a nuclear conflict is a loser for both sides.

          •  Exactly, which is why neither state will invade (1+ / 0-)
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            the other. The US has reaffirmed numerous times that it will use nuclear weapons if it is invaded.

            If knowledge is power and power corrupts, does that mean that knowledge corrupts?

            by AoT on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 07:07:16 PM PST

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