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Yes definitely, if you can have enough ships close then and targetted or enough missiles thrown at the target (depending on warhead size) then this all goes out of the window.  But if you're moving in to attack every UK fleet ship, then that in itself will be an obvious act inviting a retaliatory strike,

I was only arguing on the basis of missiles launched from silos on the basis of flight speeds you were quoting

The only way to avoid a nuclear strike may be to not be targetted by it,  but Strategic Missiles have a horendously high failure rate, you'd need to be certain that you would kill every possible retaliating ship. This lack of certainty is where deterrence lies.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Jul 15th, 2009 at 11:06:18 AM EST
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