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Harvard Nuclear Study Group, “Living with Nuclear Weapons”, 1983 p. 47

 

The question is grisly, but nonetheless it must be asked. Nuclear war [sic] cannot be avoided simply by refusing to think about it. Indeed the task of reducing the likelihood of nuclear war should begin with an effort to understand how it might start. When strategists in Washington or Moscow study the possible origins of nuclear war, they discuss “scenarios,” imagined sequences of future events that could trigger the use of nuclear weaponry. Scenarios are, of course, speculative exercises. They often leave out the political developments that might lead to the use of force in order to focus on military dangers. That nuclear war scenarios are even more speculative than most is something for which we can be thankful, for it reflects humanity’s fortunate lack of experience with atomic warfare since 1945. But imaginary as they are, nuclear scenarios can help identify problems not understood or dangers not yet prevented because they have not been foreseen.

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Harvard Nuclear Study Group, “Living with Nuclear Weapons”, 1983 p. 47

 

The question is grisly, but nonetheless it must be asked. Nuclear war [sic] cannot be avoided simply by refusing to think about it. Indeed the task of reducing the likelihood of nuclear war should begin with an effort to understand how it might start. When strategists in Washington or Moscow study the possible origins of nuclear war, they discuss “scenarios,” imagined sequences of future events that could trigger the use of nuclear weaponry. Scenarios are, of course, speculative exercises. They often leave out the political developments that might lead to the use of force in order to focus on military dangers. That nuclear war scenarios are even more speculative than most is something for which we can be thankful, for it reflects humanity’s fortunate lack of experience with atomic warfare since 1945. But imaginary as they are, nuclear scenarios can help identify problems not understood or dangers not yet prevented because they have not been foreseen.

 

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