Scary stuff, huh? The world sits on pins and needles after Trump promises "fire and fury" to be visited upon North Korea if they keep threatening the United States. And the United States knows something about fire and fury since we've arrived at the anniversary month for the U.S. nuking Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Of course, the United States still maintains it did so in order to save lives, though it has yet to show the math on how it arrived at this equation.
There is only one reason a nation desires to obtain a nuclear weapon today. No, not to use it, but to keep it. It confers near invulnerable status upon a nation, providing it can develop, field, and mount the weapon on a delivery vehicle without being detected or stopped. The weapon itself is very desirable as an acquisition for the same reason the United States itself built so many of them. It makes one a force to be reckoned with, not ignored, not threatened, and not pushed around. Because if you have nuclear weapons, pushing you around could result in cities vaporized and millions of dead in the blink of an eye. Everyone knows that. The United States has played that winning hand since 1945, having shown the entire world exactly what can happen if the United States decides to use these weapons again. Hiroshima and Nagasaki provide object lessons to the world. Not to cease building these weapons, but to build one as soon as possible. Why? Because has any major country attacked the United States since 1945? Need I say more?
The United States has 400 Minuteman 3 ICBMs, each with three independently targeted warheads per missile. That's not counting the SLBMs on Trident submarines, cruise missiles, and plain old bomber-dropped nuclear weapons. The United States has roughly 2,600 nuclear weapons and could manufacture a few thousand more if need be. What the United States says here is this: Even if you do destroy the United States in an attack, we will certainly find out before your missiles hit us, and we will take the entire planet into oblivion along with us. Nuclear-armed nations know this because they operate under the same philosophy. India and Pakistan certainly tell one another this. Israel says, "We don't admit to having a few hundred nuclear weapons. But would you want to find out the truth the hard way, after your country is floating around in the upper atmosphere? Because that's where it'll be if you're wrong." This is why nuclear weapons are built: The ultimate murder-suicide pact.
You cannot fail to understand why anyone would want to obtain these weapons when those who have them enjoy near invulnerability as to being wholly destroyed. Because, yes, they can be destroyed. But they will take you along with them. That's the entire premise behind the weapon. Even a limited nuclear war, say, between India and Pakistan, would still blanket the Earth with fallout. And no one knows if it might lead up to other nuclear powers getting involved. There has never been a nuclear war, so we don't know what the actual results might be. But everyone agrees it to be horrifying to the point of being called "the unthinkable". And it is that very horror that makes the weapon so attractive.
These weapons have been used on a city twice and, therefore, everyone knows what these weapons are capable of. People often fail to realize, though, the nuclear weapons of today are magnitudes larger in destructive power than the bombs that vaporized Hiroshima and Nagasaki. To compare the two is to think of the difference between a grenade and a 500 pound air-dropped bomb as far as explosive power goes. Thus, people have an idea of what will happen if such weapons are used today, but no one actually knows what to expect. Again, this makes the weapon very attractive to obtain.
The United States has threatened the entire world for decades with this weapon. Along with the Soviet Union as adversary, it held the entire world hostage during the Cold War when they both decided a difference in economic systems justified destroying the entire planet if it came to that. Now, it needs to be understood that you cannot perpetrate a dynamic such as this and think no one else will say, "Gosh, that's not a bad idea! Those two could not attack one another because they would have both destroyed the Earth! If I were to build such weapons, no one would dare to attack me, either!" No one can deny that so long as such a philosophy exists, nations will seek these weapons.
The truth is that the genie is out of the bottle, as they say when it comes to nuclear weapons proliferation. However, what has happened is enough time has passed since nuclear weapons were used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the end of the Cold War. Enough time has passed for those to become vague memories to the point that the use of nuclear weapons has now become not only thinkable, but possible. The reason the United States seeks to stop North Korea from having nuclear weapons is to prevent them from being immune to a U.S. attack. The United States prefers nations to be in a position where they can be attacked if desired. If they have nuclear weapons, they cannot be attacked. And the sinister truth can be seen now. The United States will certainly use nuclear weapons to stop any nation from becoming immune to attack by the United States. And when the United States does use a nuclear weapon again, it will say exactly what it says today about Hiroshima and Nagasaki: That it did so in order to save lives.
Jack Perry is a writer who lives with his wife in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. When talking about the ambitions and goals of the United States government, Jack warns: "Always Assume It's A Scam." Jack writes, bakes bread, and is a Path pilgrim and wayfarer of this world.