pennsyltucky wrote:it would sure be nice to just get rid of all the nuclear weapons....
Why not all weapons? Do nuclear weapons kill the people deader or something?
They definitely saved a lot of Americans and almost certainly save huge numbers of Japanese over defeating the Japanese with conventional bombing and an invasion of mainland Japan.
I can't find it right now, but the number of people killed in warfare was escalating at a rapid pace. With the dropping of the nuclear bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, there was a dramatic drop in the number of people killed world wide as a result of warfare. It became too dangereous for major military powers to go to war with each other. Nuclear disarmament would remove the risk of war for those in the leadership positions and therefore the risk (to the only people that factor into the decision) of going into a massive war.
This is the big concern with Iran. Many dictators don't care if their people are wiped out, they only care about themselves. If the Iranian dictatorship is suicidal or at least no concern for their own life, there is no deterent from nuclear weapons.
The counter argument is that sure there is a lull, but one day the planet will be wiped out in a massive nuclear war.