Essays From September 11th

Essays From September 11th

… representing bipolar views on modern nuclear proliferation. They each offer an essay on their respective positions and follow-up with a series of rebuttal essays.
Oversimplified, Waltz holds to the deterrence view; that is, that if everyone has nuclear weapons, nobody will use them fearing reprisals in kind. Therefore, the …

… weapons there are in circulation, the greater the chance that someone, possibly a rogue nation, will set one off risking not only massive destruction from the single blast, but potentially compounding it with more nukes detonated in retaliation. Because the precedent for nuclear attacks is limited, the anti-proliferation point …

… ’s position is that it can only be proven right or wrong if somebody sets off a WMD. Prior to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States was comfortable that death was a strong deterrent against twenty people organizing to commit suicide while murdering a our citizenry …

… the Cold War because neither the U.S. nor the Soviet Union used nuclear weapons simply cannot be proven. In light of the September 11th attacks and what they teach us about precedents there is nothing to say we weren’t just lucky. Conversely, Sagan’s view only renders the …

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