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Could a Nuclear Holocaust really Happen?

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Posted Jun 27, '10 at 10:39pm

Dragonz5

Dragonz5

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We all talk about how we would or wouldn't survive an nuclear war. There's even games like fallout about the aftermath. But COULD IT REALLY HAPPEN? Our only precedence is the Cold War. People were buying fallout shelters, the opposing countries were building up nucleuar arsenals, conventional wars we going on, but not a single nuke was actually dropped. Apparantly humans are smart enough not to actually start nuking each other. Or are we?

 

Posted Jun 27, '10 at 10:43pm

Kevin4762

Kevin4762

2,374 posts

Anything involving anything that already exists is possible. Aviation is possible. Birds do it. If we can make nuclear weapons, a nuclear holocaust is possible. Is it likely? No. The Cold War wasn't a war, it was an arms race of nuclear fallout. We wouldn't survive a nuclear war if the world still maintained the amount of nuclear weapons that it had in 1960-1980. We could survive with the amount now, but before, no.

 

Posted Jun 28, '10 at 8:24am

FinnDragon

FinnDragon

654 posts

Nuclear war is possible.And most of humans die in that, but I think that there were some survivours too.I think that humans are so stupid that is some cause, nuclear war (or something even powerful weapons)wipe out human race.Becouse why we havnet get any information about aliens?Maybe becouse they have already destoied themselves!

 

Posted Jun 28, '10 at 8:29am

Anonym0us

Anonym0us

89 posts

no, because the nations signed a nuclear treaty. to prevent it from ever happening

 

Posted Jun 28, '10 at 10:19am

DL210

DL210

7 posts

I believe it could if a nation with them is pushed far enough. I also think that allowing Iran and North Korea to have nuclear weapons increases the chances.

 

Posted Jun 28, '10 at 11:15am

Kevin4762

Kevin4762

2,374 posts

no, because the nations signed a nuclear treaty. to prevent it from ever happening

Do you know anything?

 

Posted Jun 28, '10 at 1:56pm

Gamer_Cale

Gamer_Cale

1,414 posts

yes if war can happen so can this a treaty means nothing all it takes is one person to press a button

 

Posted Jun 28, '10 at 2:30pm

MRWalker82

MRWalker82

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all it takes is one person to press a button

Actually there are numerous fail safes and redundancies to ensure that it does in fact take much more than one person to push a button. There are also other security measures in place in our missile silos to ensure that even in case of an unapproved launch that the warhead will never reach orbit and be able to strike it's target.

The primary concern that we have with nuclear war is terrorist organizations acquiring nuclear weapons, however even in that scenario every nuclear nation is aware of the possibility and would not retaliate with nuclear strikes of their own, especially as there would be no clear cut nation or target to attack with nuclear weapons.

 

Posted Jun 28, '10 at 2:48pm

Kevin4762

Kevin4762

2,374 posts

Treaty? Not all the nations signed the treaties. Countries have nuclear weapons. None of them will attack, but if attacked and forced to do so, they might. Terrorists are retards. Think of the poachers and ivory. They don't plan in the future. Terrorists do the same. They don't plan in the future.

 

Posted Jun 28, '10 at 4:35pm

Kyouzou

Kyouzou

4,753 posts

no, because the nations signed a nuclear treaty. to prevent it from ever happening

As Kevin already pointed out, not all nations signed a treaty. In addition to that, a treaty is nothing but a piece of paper it wouldn't break it. Sure there would be consequences, but I don't think the country in question would really care.

Now about the OP, while it is possible, it's highly unlikely that it would ever happen. 

"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones"

~Albert Einstein

With the weapons the exist and are being developed in the world, those words have an ominous feel about them.