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in response to reader comment: the country that used Nuke was only US

Submitted by the Grand Infidel of Kaffiristan (Australia), Feb 17, 2009 at 20:17

BSoetero wrote:

"Hi grand, you lost my point"

In fact, I did answer your original question, which was:

"Why US and allies allowed to develop nuke weapon but other countries not? "

I pointed out that only TWO allies of the US have nuclear weapons. The other countries who have nuclear weapons are not allied to the US.

Now you are changing the point by making the statement:

"The only country used Nuke was only US that kill more than 250,000 people on a minute in Hiroshima and Nagasaki what ever the reason."

All the other countries mentioned have used nuclear bombs. But it is only the US that has used it in a wartime scenario - so far. The US did not make the decision to do so without a great deal of thought and soul searching. In the end it was decided to use them because if they had not many, many more Americans and Japanese would have died in a long drawn out war of attrition. Japan would have fought a 'conventional' war till it was totally decimated. Especially with the advantage of having many of its fighting forces willing to suicide for the emperor.

The pyrotechnics of Hiroshima and Nagasaki brought about the almost immediate cessation of the war.
Japan and its cities were not laid waste. Japan surrendered - remember Japan attacked the USA. America did not invade - and apart from a transitional occupation force - left Japan to continue with its own culture and religion - but no capability of having an offensive army.

In summary - the cost/benefit analysis was done - and the nuclear option was seen to be the lesser of two evils. What would you have preferred - another 8 to 10 million Japanese dying over into 1946-47?

"..... And the largest nuke weapon stockpile is in the US too. So why dont they demolish it before talk about other people ?"

Followed closely by Russia - I notice that you haven't mentioned Russia. My guess is - being from Indonesia - you are a Muslim - and probably are biased against the US.

Nuclear weapons - no matter what you think of them - are a deterrent. No country will attack the USA - if they did - they know they risk annihilation. And no country will attack an ally of the US - knowing that the US and that country have reciprocal defense arrangements.

The US has had a long history of stable government , good human rights record and works tirelessly to better the conditions of people all over the globe. Whenever there is a disaster somewhere - it's nearly always the US sending medical aid, food and disaster relief personnel and equipment - and they are always one of the first to do so.

The US, despite all its faults is a good global citizen. Other countries, with less stable governments and military and no humanitarian record and which do not play by the rules - seek to obtain nuclear weapons.

This is like giving a gun to a six year old. It's especially bad - for all of us - seeing we share the same biosphere - when that six year old has problems with other six year olds.

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