The Justifications for Nuclear War
"Well, what if you said something like -- if this happens in the United States, and we determine that it is the result of extremist, fundamentalist Muslims, you know, you could take out their holy sites." When the host asked him if he meant ''bombing Mecca," he said, ''Yeah."It is my position that this policy would be absolutely immoral and wrong. There is by no means a consensus, however, even among the moderate community. The argument for Trancredo's proposition is most succinctly put by Michael Reynolds (The Mighty Middle) in both the comments section and his own blog:
I am confident that the people of Hiroshima were not all supporters of Tojo. Certainly the many innocent children who were incinerated were not at fault. Likewise the children of Berlin, many other cities we effectively obliterated.An interesting point. My views diverge from Michael's, however, given the fact that the bombing of Japan actually saved more lives than it cost.
And, as others have pointed out, we stood ready to exterminate virtually all life in the old USSR for a good forty years. Deterrence is a nasty thing. So is war.
It is absurd to pretend that threats like this can be relied on to work against Al Qaeda. However, it is equally absurd to pretend that they could not work against Pakistan. Pakistan is not doing all it can in this war, it is doing all that Musharraf finds politically expedient. Ditto Saudi. Ditto Syria. Should a threat to vaporize Mecca be seen as a serious threat by these governments, the equation of expediency might change very significantly. IT might focus their minds a bit and stiffen their spines.
Upon hearing the statistics on that, Rob Jackson stated "Well, okay I guess...still turns my stomach." I believe that sentiment very succinctly describes all war. We get so wrapped up in lauding the bravery and honor of the cause for which our greatest generation fought that we forget that the actual 4 years (more if you're not from the US) that were World War II were pure misery for all involved. The Civil War, the American Revolution, and Napolean’s march through
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That being said, it is completely fallacious to compare today’s atomic arsenal to fat man and little boy. The strength increases of today’s atomic bombs over those dropped on
That, perhaps, is what makes war so barbaric: when faced with the enemy, survival must, of necessity, trump any and all morals.
That is my thinking on the bombing of