Do you think a nuclear weapon will be detonated in your lifetime?

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by Unspeaked, Jul 24, 2010.

  1. Unspeaked macrumors 68020


    Dec 29, 2003
    West Coast
    Do you think that someone, somewhere, on some day will detonate a nuclear bomb in your lifetime? Obviously, this excludes testing and such. I'm talking a hostile use of a weapon the way we've always feared.

    It's scary to think that you could wake up one morning to see the news broadcasts covering such a devastating event, but personally I think it's likely that some rouge state or crazy person somewhere will do it in my lifetime.

    (PS - I'd like to keep the politics out of this discussion but I have a feeling this may end up getting moved to PRSI anyway)
  2. R94N macrumors 68020


    May 30, 2010
    Again, hopefully not but in reality probably, as I'm only 14.

    Yeah, it's likely the thread will be moved. They did it to mine.
  3. .Andy macrumors 68030


    Jul 18, 2004
    The Mergui Archipelago
    I don't think a rogue state or crazy person as you are alluding to here is what you have to worry about. The country with the most nuclear weapons and who has used them before is the one we all need to watch.
  4. DylanLikesPorn macrumors 6502


    May 20, 2010
    It will happen. You can already buy all the parts necessary to build a nuclear bomb... but just need weapons-grade uranium and that is hard to acquire.
  5. squeeks macrumors 68040


    Jun 19, 2007
    That’s a silly response, America has existed the past 70 years and there hasn’t been one during that time.

    America’s existence more keeps it from happening than anything else.

    Fear of retaliation.
  6. Mexbearpig macrumors 65816


    Dec 26, 2008
    This is basically what I was going to say.
  7. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
  8. yamabushi macrumors 65816


    Oct 6, 2003
    North Korea just threatened to attack the United States and South Korea with nuclear weapons. This is in response to South Korea not letting North Korea off the hook for intentionally sinking one of their ships. It is basically a ploy to promote internal political support for the change of power in North Korea. That doesn't mean they won't actually do as they are threatening to do and carry out the attack. Perhaps about a 5% chance they will actually attack again in the near future. It is far more likely that they would use conventional weapons in such an attack however.
  9. AP_piano295 macrumors 65816

    Mar 9, 2005
    If only we hadn't invaded Iraq and Afghanistan we might actually have some leverage.

    Oh well.
  10. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    Yes it will happen and sooner than people think.

    There are to many countries including where I live butting there noses in (keeping the peace bs).
  11. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
  12. 184550 Guest

    May 8, 2008
    In The Terminal Spy, Alan Cowell discusses briefly the impact that the United Kingdom has had in expanding the ability of Islamic extremists to strike against Western powers, primarily the US and UK. He argues that because the UK has allowed large numbers of peoples of Middle Eastern nationality into the UK, primarily from Pakistan (hence London's nickname of Londonstan before the arrival of the Russian millionaires and billionaires which turned Londonstan into Londongrad), roughly 1.6 million he estimates by the mid 2000s, these people were also granted the ability to carry British papers and passports, which greatly complicated the ability of the US and UK intelligence services to track these people as they have essentially complete freedom of movement between the US, UK and their home country.

    In my opinion, it is this fact which has greatly contributed to the increased threat of terrorism in recent years in both the UK and US and will likely serve as a major factor when the first nuclear weapon is detonated by extremists in the US or Western Europe.
  13. mactastic macrumors 68040


    Apr 24, 2003
    Your posts are so often LOL-worthy!

    Your grasp of history is apparently tenuous at best.
  14. citizenzen macrumors 65816

    Mar 22, 2010
    I suppose the key phrase here is "in your lifetime".

    Because the U.S. already has... and destroyed two cities and hundreds of thousands of innocent lives.
  15. niuniu macrumors 68020


    Mar 29, 2009
    A man of the people. The right sort of people.

    Although I point fingers at the US, I have no intention of absolving the UK from any blame of raising the terror threat around the world simply because I happen to be born here. I am well aware of our responsibility, although the opinion piece you give above isn't for me and is too debateable for me to really believe personally. But, it is a point, and there could be truth in it. Matters like that need to be balanced against the good that integration has brought which is why I say it isn't for me - I have no way to really quantify the good v the bad.

    The UK allying alongside the US and murdering civilians in the East is the No.1 reason why we have contributed to making ourselves a target.
  16. McGiord macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
  17. zioxide macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2006
    India and Pakistan.
  18. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    Only when Bruce Willis and Schwarzenegger are dead.
  19. andalusia macrumors 68030


    Apr 10, 2009
    Manchester, UK
  20. leekohler macrumors G5


    Dec 22, 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    WHAT? :eek: We're the only country to ever use nuclear weapons against an enemy. His comment was spot on.
  21. awmazz macrumors 65816

    Jul 4, 2007
    The world has improved vastly in regards to you mentioning watching news broadcasts after a nuclear event.

    'Twas a time when that expectation was nothing but static. USA vs CCCP. Total Armageddon. 20,000 nukes. Nuclear winter to wipe out whatever all life that survived the holocaust. And it could have all happened overnight without warning, someone pressing a wrong button somewhere so it was perpetual and very real fear.

    Worrying about one nuke is nothing by comparison - cue the Monty Python 4 Yorkshiremen - luxury, when I were a lad we lived in shoebox in middle of t'road...
  22. .Andy macrumors 68030


    Jul 18, 2004
    The Mergui Archipelago
    This needs posting in the education thread.
  23. Ttownbeast macrumors 65816

    May 10, 2009
    France was blowing them up at sea all through my post high school years. My pop got to see the tests being done out in the middle of the Pacific by the U.S. during Operation Dominic. He said Bikini Atol used to be the Bakini Islands before the tests--he eventually died from complications from cancer in 2k3 (bone, lung and skin cancer combined took him at age 63--well that and diabetes, emphysema, asbestos, gout, 25 heart attacks, etc etc etc. He was one tough ****************)

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