Rational thought, nuclear weapons don't mix

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  • bluecollar Kearns, UT
    April 13, 2012 8:53 a.m.

    Eastbound on 100 South between 500 East and 600 East there is a faded reminder of the cold war era: a sign on a pole designating a nuclear fallout shelter.
    Each time I see it, I remember crawling under my school desk during bomb drills while the recorded message played: "...had this been a real emergency, you would have been instructed to proceed the the nearest emergency fallout shelter, and tune your radio or television set to the Civil Defense station as indicated by the Civil Defense emblem on your radio or television set dial. This is only a test."
    I say let Iran have nuclear weapons. Encourage them to test them in their Southern desert like say, near the Nehbanden Wildlife Refuge. Let them experience the fear of retaliation. Let them witness the results of "downwind" contamination. After 50-60 years maybe reality will take grip and Iranians will regret ever desiring nuclear capability.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    April 13, 2012 6:37 a.m.

    I always dislike when those in power tell someone of an impending conflict

    "all options are on the table"

    That is a code word for "we would use nukes if we deem them necessary"

    I believe that we should tell the world, including Iran -

    "The US will NEVER use nuclear weapons unless necessary to respond to a nuclear attack or to stop an impending nuclear attack"

    Otherwise, it is easy to see why other nations want Nuclear weapons.

  • Perfice South Jordan, UT
    April 12, 2012 10:24 p.m.

    Jay knows what he's talking about. It's not the major powers that are worrisome anymore. It's India, Pakistan et al or the possibility of ex-Soviet black market nukes in the hands of the irrational.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 12, 2012 8:46 a.m.

    Is is now 67 years since any Great Powers have fought a war between themselves. In all of human history that seems to be record for the longest time without an armed Great Power conflict . Perhaps nuclear weapons made wars between Great Powers unthinkable.