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Like most military matters, and especially those considering nuclear warfare and deterrence, the public debate is often needlessly overcomplicated, possible because of the unsavory nature of the weapons and implications involved. People in general often feel uncomfortable with anything approaching the "realist" school of international relations.
frivoulous global village idiot:
often needlessly overcomplicated? You are writing about the very symbol of the clinical insanity which dwarfs the "achievements" of western civilization. The fragile topsoil which provides the nutrients which nourish all, including nuclear submarine designers, is at perilous risk. the oceans are dying, which feed more than half the world.
realist? realism sunk us to the depths we now find ourselves. What's real is the lack of vision, the lack of courage as a people, a nation to stand up and say enough.
In conclusion, any nation with aspirations to Great Power status requires nuclear missile submarines.
that's the best you can do, return us to an insane past? Great Power is one who leads civilization back on a course of living in harmony with what we've been given, period.
These perhaps visionary views i possess, perhaps necessary, do not come from my own hippie idealism, valuable as that remains. They are informed from a lifetime of dialogue with my chief mentor in windpower and more, who also happened to be the Chief Designer of the Nautilus class of nuclear submarines, the very first. I wish he was still with us, so he could take you behind the woodshed for some extra-curricular education.
Vision. This civilization doesn't make it without that as realism.
"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
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