A nuclear blog

“Peter Sellers as 3 diffrent characters you could say he was the Eddie Murphy of his day”

Last night I watched the Stanley Kubrick classic Dr. Stranglove or the full title Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. It was the first time I watched the dark comedy about nuclear war and the cold war. Staring Peter Sellers as 3 diffrent characters you could say he was the Eddie Murphy of his day.

Dr Stranglove

A promotional poster for the film.

The subject of nuclear weapons, the destruction that they can cause has always been something that has been in my mind from an early age. As has the nuclear deterrence theory. I would guess this was due to me playing the very anti nuclear weapon video game Metal Gear Solid when I was 7 (bad parents). God i really love that game, I am sure i will talk about it more in a later post.

The film was definitely not a laugh out loud film, in fact for most of the film I was filled with a dread at what nuclear weapons could do the world, I got a feeling at the pit of my stomach, of a deep fear, something which I normally reserve for large spiders and the thought of been abducted by aliens. It’s honestly a real fear i have, I am sure there will be a phobia word for it. God help me if i was alive during the cold war, I doubt i could have never slept at night. The premise of the film is that a mad General decides to take first action against the Russians, he does this by launching his bombers to attack Russia, without the President permission using a loop hole called “plan attack R”. The General thought that by doing this it would force the President in to launching the rest of Americas nuclear weapons before the Russian retaliate. Lots more happen including an unmanned nuclear doomsday weapon that would wipe out all life on earth. This was clearly part the inspiration for Metal gear solid which follows a similar story thread in the game PeaceWalker (which incidentally (more intentionally)includes a character called Dr. Stranglove).
The nuclear deterrence theory is basically like two men holding a knife to the other ones throat, both men could kill each other and if you attacked first you may even have a chance of killing the man before he could attack, you but there was still a very good chance he would react and kill you. So you both stand there knowing the other man could kill you, keeping the weapon in hand.
An unmanned weapon is one hell of a scary thought, something that would take human element out of the deterrence theory, which I suppose is the one week link in it. I very much doubt I would be able to push a button that would destroy the world. But if a machine was in in controlled then there would be no doubt  they would destroyed you if you took action. Even though we are not in the grip of the cold war and the threat of nuclear war has wavered slightly, it is still there. Now the places that I feel would still have the balls or are just that crazy enough to use them have them like N Korea.

Shit i am not going to get sleep tonight am I.

I hope to god that we don’t renew trident the money could be spent in a lot more productive way. Oh and i would recommend that you watch Dr. Stranglove.


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