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Likely results of a limited nuclear war

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  1. PLC1

    PLC1 Moderator Staff Member

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    If India and Pakistan have a 'limited' nuclear war, scientists say it could wreck Earth's climate and trigger global famine




    The phrase "global nuclear famine" has a nice ring to it, don't you think? Will humans become civilized enough to get rid of their nuclear weapons, or will we wipe out most of our numbers? What do you think?
     
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    dogtowner Moderator Staff Member

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    I think there will be much sabre rattling and then people will forget about it.
     
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    PLC1 Moderator Staff Member

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    I hope you're right, but you may be underestimating the stupidity and craziness of the human race.
     
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    I think the risk is low. The average leader is not mad and does not want to get the label "mad man" in historic books. But there are mad leaders and we can only strive that they don't get uranium in their hands (not only because of the atomic bomb but also because of dirty bombs).

    Time will tell.
     
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    Yes, time will tell. So far, it has been over 70 years since a nuclear bomb was used. So far, so good.

    But, the pessimist in me notes that madmen sometimes to obtain power.
     
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    Carl Sagan predicted an effect like a nuclear winter if Iraq burned the oil fields. They did. The nuclear winter didn't happen.

    Fallout from a few dozen bombs would be devastating to the area, but may not affect the global atmosphere much more than the forest fires of California. IMHO. FWIW. Maybe.
     
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    Those two love to bicker and skwalk. But they're not prepared to reincarnate as stink bugs.
     
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    They'll have to make their own and as Iran has discovered, that's easier said than done.
     
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    Lots of nations have already made their own.
     
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    dogtowner Moderator Staff Member

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    Independently or did a superpower facilitate?
    For example we facilitated England and N Korea.
     
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    PLC1 Moderator Staff Member

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    England, yes, but North Korea? What were we thinking?
     
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    dogtowner Moderator Staff Member

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    Can't begin to imagine what Bubba was thinking. Musta been some great hookers involved.
    But the point is that we have done a pretty good job at managing who gets this capability.
     
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    I'm not so sure we've done a great job. It would be better if Pakistan weren't nuclear, and North Korea. In fact, we'd be better off with no nukes at all, but that ship sailed a long time ago.

    So, you're saying that "Bubba" Clinton actually gave nuclear technology to NK? Really?
     
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    Not that simple but he facilitated their ambitions.
     
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    PLC1 Moderator Staff Member

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    by sending them technology, materials, or what?
     
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