About The end of balanced, full scale wars?
|June 26th, 2004||#1|
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The end of balanced, full scale wars? info
|June 26th, 2004||#2|
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I just can't see two armys of equal stature fighting one another now. The public has television, and now can see the horror of war. It is no longer a glorious and honorable thing, it is now something frowned upon by most people. Modern age countrys have far too much to lose.. Say a nuke was launched, and A city was wiped off the map. What then? Society and civillization can't risk wars, and when things start going badly, whose to say the loser won't use a tactical nuke to clear the battlefield and even the playing table? The thought of nuclear war, as well as sustaining huge amounts of casualties is not accepted by the General public. For better or for worse, most people aren't willing to fight and die for what they believe in. I do not see full scale war between two world powers happening any time soon. If anything, A cold war type setting.
|June 26th, 2004||#3|
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Well I would be surprised if a country would actually start a full scale war with an other country right now. It's just not smart because you'll probably get the UN against you for starting it. Gurillia warfare on the other hand isn't that easy to overcome simply by sending troops. There's no "homeland" to bomb, no gouvernment to nagotiate with. For those people that wan't to change the world (or just there backjard) with violence, that's the way to do it.
"It is not supreme excellence to fight and conquer in all your battles,
It is supreme excellence if you break the enemy's resistance without fighting."
Sun Tzu, the Art of War
|June 26th, 2004||#4|
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Anyway, I think full scale wars with invasions and armies slammin' each other ended after WWII and Korea. Wars now are fought with armies, navies, and now air forces combining for one quick and blow. Special Forces are now major players in sabotage and assassination.
Whatever was sufficient to get us to this point is insufficient to get us any further.
|June 27th, 2004||#5|
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I think this is a very interesting topic, I've been thinking about it lately. Not so much as if it could happen, but what would happen if it did? Can anyone recommend some literature on the subject?
I personally think it still can happen. A renegade nation like North Korea that doesn't have much to lose. Or maybe Argentina...
A better question would be if the US would still be commited, the way the people of this nation are and the media I don't know
|June 27th, 2004||#6|
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While I don't think that such wars will be as "common" as they have been historically, I believe we may have one or two more conventional wars on our hands within my lifetime (I'm 23).
When we're done mopping up the terrorists, we'll turn to North Korea and their renegade nuclear programs, and from there, we're in good position to go into China. I venture no guess as to how soon we may see conflict with China, but I wholeheartedly believe that it is indeed on the horizon.
Those two specific nations aside, I believe that we will continue to fight most of our battles against enemies without nations.
|June 28th, 2004||#7|
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|June 29th, 2004||#10|
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Large countries won't risk going into full-scale nuclear war, the most they would do was send Special Forces into the enemy countries.
Here's an excerpt from an article I was reading about a nuclear war. Blair was a former missilier. According to him, there is a plane flying above the United States this very minute that can launch every nuclear warhead in the United States' arsenal with the push of a button.
"Today, that war plan continues to follow the president -- the commander-in-chief -- wherever he goes. It is found inside a suitcase, better known as the nuclear football.
According to Blair, that suitcase contains several options that would call for massive retaliation.
'Well, the major options are called major attack options and there are basically four of them and any one of them would destroy Russia as a functioning state,' says Blair.
In the spring of 2000, a group of senators began to worry about just that. They went to Blair with a question: Why does the Pentagon feel it needs to keep so many nuclear warheads on combat alert? The answer, Blair told them, can be found by understanding the war plan options that he believes are inside the president's suitcase.
'MAO Four,' says Blair. 'Major Attack Option Number Four. If the president chooses this option, it would unleash at least 2,300 weapons immediately. It would just flatten Russia, [it] would be a radiating ruin for centuries. That's MAO Four. That's a Cold War option that we keep in the nuclear football -- the suitcase at the disposal of the president. And that's what drives our current nuclear operation."
For the full story: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2000/dem...kes/index.html
There are 5 pages, make sure you read them all.