Who needs Dr. Strangelove?

Set the world to rights?
Forum rules
Set the world to rights?

Who needs Dr. Strangelove?

Postby GregB » September 22nd, 2017, 2:03 pm

A Soviet official responsible for monitoring a possible nuclear attack from the West has died. The incredible story is that due to a computer fault in the Russian defence system back in the early 1980's, it seemed that NATO had launched a nuclear attack on the USSR. This lone official doubted that it was so and decided not to transmit the signal which would have triggered a devastating response, the very slim time margin being all important. It seems unbelievable that one ordinary man could have decided the fate of the world, thus sidelining the black humour of Kubrick's classic, 'Dr. Strangelove' (wonderful film as it is) in favour of the potential apocalyptic reality. (I hear a faint echo of Hannah Arendt's 'Banality of Evil'.)

Read it and be thankful you're still here.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41314948
"To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child."
- Cicero
User avatar
GregB
 
Posts: 16040
Joined: October 25th, 2007, 11:23 am
Location: Barcelona, Spain

Re: Who needs Dr. Strangelove?

Postby Sprocket » September 22nd, 2017, 9:22 pm

The fact that the fate of the world is now in the hands of two fat idiots with silly hair is somewhat worrying.
Supercrappyfarcicalishbrexitisatrocious.
User avatar
Sprocket
 
Posts: 16261
Joined: October 25th, 2007, 11:21 am
Location: Hemel Hempstead, Herts.

Re: Who needs Dr. Strangelove?

Postby GregB » September 25th, 2017, 7:13 am

Thinking about this, it's rather more worrying that the North Korean dictator has unlimited power and could launch a nuclear attack whenever he chose to while Trump, loose cannon that he is, cannot do so given the inbuilt checks and balances. There is a chain of command from the US president down, along with his senior cabinet members, which limits his (or her) powers in this respect; ie. he (or she) cannot just press the red button and launch the missiles on a whim. The exception is if warning systems detect an incoming missile attack from a hostile power in which case the president has the immediate and final authority to launch an attack within the very limited time frame available (at most thirty minutes depending on the source of the surprise attack.)

In any event, in the Korean crisis, the target of any US attack would be North Korea itself so the scope of the destruction would be limited to the Korean peninsular (China would certainly not get involved and risk a nuclear war for the sake of their embarrassing Stalinist neighbour.) A localised attack by North Korea could devastate Japan and South Korea while ICBMs could possibly reach the American mainland (though defence systems would probably intercept the missiles first.) We're still far from talking about World War III, though, as the rest of the world would not be drawn in. It would be the fate of North Korea in the balance. not that of the world.
"To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child."
- Cicero
User avatar
GregB
 
Posts: 16040
Joined: October 25th, 2007, 11:23 am
Location: Barcelona, Spain


Return to Politics

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests

cron