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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-14-07 12:23 AM
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11. When they do it first
That's about it. Not doing it after being nuked by a foreign power would set the stage for it to happen indefinately. Look how pardoning Nixon has led to the presidential crimes committed by Reagan, Bush41, and Bush43, with few held accountable.

Unless there was a military so powerful conventionally that we would be unable to resist sucessfully when they invaded us. That is hard to imagine, considering how well-armed our civilian population is, but it is possible.

The problem is that population centers feed the mechanisms of war. That is where the arms and equipment are made, where food and munitions are processed, stored, and shipped. Where the economy is managed, where the power plants are, where the administrative processes are performed.

Can you imagine how much our country would be screwed up in Chicago was nuked? Major land, sea, and air arteries flow through there. How would our food move around? How would manufactured products cross the country? Refined petroleum products?

Nuking a city attacks all of these things. Unfortunately, it also kills a hell of a lot of non-combatants.

Which is why you should not really do it if you don't have to. One of the reasons that so many civilians were bombed in World War Two was because the high-altitude bombers, the B-17s and B-24s and B-29s and Lancasters, only had accuracy of about a quarter-mile on a good day. Throw in marginal weather, German smokescreens, flak, and opposing enemy fighters and that could really make accurate bomb dropping a dicey prospect.

Nowadays, with all the fancy guidence systems and fire-control systems, dropping a 500-pound bomb on a specific house is easier and more probable than a WWII heavy bomber hitting a particular city block. So there is no excuse for it nowadays.
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