Thursday, 16 December 2010

Nuclear hostages

A lot has been written already about nuclear deterrence theory, and I've not read it all. The one part of it which sticks in my mind and won't let go is the role of civilians as hostages. After all, what is the deterrent other than the threat against civilian targets (people and places) to be exercised if certain demands aren't met?

Therefore, the key difference between a country maintaining a nuclear deterrent and a man with a gun to the head of a bystander is the number of hostages.
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