As an ex-cold war submariner who, along with his fellow “bubbleheads” (on both sides by the way), spent an average of 300 days out of the year poking holes through ocean depths (along with generally ruining their health) doing their absolute best at trying to keep the world from blowing itself up, I find it increasingly disheartening when I read about the other areas today such as North Korea and whoever happens to be pounding on the table over in the middle east territories attempting (or perhaps already succeeding) to develop and test nuclear weapons. Possibly the kind of nuclear weapons that were first developed by the US and the (then) Soviet Union…dirty ones!
Long after our two countries laid down their horrible weapons of mass destruction (and I absolutely refuse to delve into what events may have caused that to happen), these (censored) people want to start it all over again and by what I’ve seen over the past many years, these particular governments absolutely do not have anywhere near the awareness, discipline, objectivity and presence of mind that the two superpowers of the cold war can be credited with. After all, we decided to make a change for the better and it’s worked so far. I understand things don’t always pan out but at least we’re still trying.
In the article, North Korea had this to say:
The North, however, said it will “never use nuclear weapons first and strictly prohibit any threat of nuclear weapons and nuclear transfer,” defending its nuclear weapons as a protection from “the U.S. threat of aggression” and a measure “to safeguard peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.”
I’m sorry, but that’s like saying “trust me” and when it comes to nuclear weapons capability…I didn’t even trust us.
Now with Iran saying that it’s pursuit of nuclear technology is only for the purpose of providing power to it’s people the phrase “you’ve got to be kidding” comes readily to mind. I’m sorry folks, normally I’m a person that’s fairly open-minded with an mostly objective point of view but when it comes to “pursuit of nuclear technology” by these two countries alone, you might understand when I say I tend to have a rather dim view on the whole thing.
In my opinion we’d be very foolish to trust in anything that they said.
Since I’m always trying to see the possible consequences of future actions, the Australian news site, News.com.au has an interesting “what if” article in the Courier Mail section on the current problem of sanctions against Iran for it’s push for nuclear technology. I recommend giving both articles a read over..
I don’t usually like to include this sort of post in the blog however, with my particular type of service background, I needed to let out some of my anxiety. Most people won’t understand where this anxiety comes from but there is some who understand it all too well.
We had a saying during the cold war that if a nuclear war ever did occur, Ground Zero was the best possible place to be.
A nuclear war (anywhere) would be the most devastating war the human race ever unleashed upon itself.
It would also be the shortest.
I’d hate to think that me and all my underwater cohorts had all our time and effort wasted for us.
I agree with Walt Kelly:
We have met the enemy…and he is us. (Pogo)
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