Apparently, Pentagon strategists are seeking to redefine American nuclear warfare policies, as you can read here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/1864173.stm
In the first moment, I simply thought "this is sick" - the use of nuclear weapons by the USA might very well encourage others like India and Pakistan to use theirs, the result being nuclear contamination of large portions of the planet's surface.
Then, I thought that this might be intended to be a clear warning to dictators and rogue states across the globe. But that's when I read "The report clearly referred to nuclear arms as a "tool for fighting a war, rather than deterring them", he added."
Together with "According to the paper, the report lists three situations in which the weapons could be used[:] [...] "against targets able to withstand non-nuclear attack"."
I imagine the following situation: US forces are to attack the bunker of Kim Jong Il, leader of North Korea. They will not be able to harm the building using conventional "bunker buster" bombs, so they will resort to "mini nukes", breaking the taboo of "using them first". With that, they disestablish the "balance of horror" that kept the cold war cold and provide an example for others that think they're now entitled to use nuclear weapons whenever their targets cannot be achieved using conventional weapons.
Chinese nuclear weapons erasing Taiwan? "We don't have enough bombers to fight the threat to our country any other way."
North Korean nuclear bombs exploding over the DMZ? "South Korean soldiers were firing into our direction, and we did not have anything else to push them back." Poor roe deer that stepped on a landmine.
Israeli nuclear weapons killing the population of Ramallah? I don't want to imagine.
Considering what these new plans might set off, I'm quite sure many people would wish for living back in the cold war once the "it" has started.
Now, what do you think? Is developing a new nuclear warfare strategy a right thing to do in these times of globalized threats and terrorism, or is it too dangerous considering the possibility of large-scale nuclear wars?
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