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Thread: Short of war, can the U.S. or even the UN prevent the spread of nukes and ICBM's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil505 View Post
    This was the question in the damn title:
    Short of war, can the U.S. or even the UN prevent the spread of nukes and ICBM's?
    You don't need war to destroy a nation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    Find a way to defend against them such that they would either not have the same destructive power, or their effects could be sharply limited.

    I do not know what that would be. If I did, I would have invented it already.
    Make something more destructive.

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    I do not think so.

    The Nuclear Genie is out of it's lamp, and, at least for now, there is no forcing it back in.

    Perhaps, someday, we will have some kind of technology that 'destroys' the nuclear components, but, that is the realm of Science Fiction, right now.

    Besides....we have better weapons of terror, now: Bio-vectors.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    You don't need war to destroy a nation.
    Indeed. Republicans keep saying the nation is broken - and they are going to keep trying to break it until it becomes broken.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    Find a way to defend against them such that they would either not have the same destructive power, or their effects could be sharply limited.

    I do not know what that would be. If I did, I would have invented it already.
    well, we could always enlist the Gort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil505 View Post
    If a country thinks it's in their interests to develop nukes and delivery systems, can we really prevent them?

    I say no.

    What say you?
    Weapons are weapons. We've never prevented the spread of any of them. Nations have an inherent right to possess weapons.

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    If NK does get nukes, I can imagine South Korea wanting to develop an arsenal of their own. Maybe Japan too.

    Iran will likely also make some, soon enough, which might well push, for example, the Saudis, to start up a nuke program of their own. Maybe Erdogan in Turkey too.

    There is also a big push in Ukraine to develop new nukes as a deterrent against new Russian encroachments. I've also read of Germany potentially developing own nukes in future too.

    I believe there will indeed be many more nuclear countries a decade or two from now, and that's just the reality of life...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonehead View Post
    well, we could always enlist the Gort.
    Huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    Find a way to defend against them such that they would either not have the same destructive power, or their effects could be sharply limited.
    Not possible

    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    I do not know what that would be. If I did, I would have invented it already.
    neither do I but nukes will never be irrelevant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil505 View Post
    Not possible.
    We do not know that. Everything is impossible, until it isn't.

    Quote Originally Posted by Devil505 View Post
    neither do I but nukes will never be irrelevant.
    Per Battlestar Galactica? That was 150,000 years ago.
    Last edited by Ian Jeffrey; 11th August 2017 at 03:58 PM. Reason: typo

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