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Op-ed column: A nuclear choice

Replace the missiles with research on how to preserve the planet

Mark Wilson/For The Sunday Gazette
Mark Wilson/For The Sunday Gazette
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This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill — the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill — you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes. Remember that all I am offering is the truth. Nothing more. — From “The Matrix,” by Larry and Andy Wachowski --- The ...

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August 26, 2012
2:10 p.m.

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Valerie, your claim of victory and the power of love and women merely shows your naivete. 600 women (or men, or both) did not cause the downfall of the USSR.

Nuclear weapons are terrible; yet, without those 2 infamous bombs over Japan, the war would could have dragged on for several years, costing even more lives. It also provided a shocking, real-life lesson of how terrible these weapons can be. Note that none have been used since, despite constant warfare around the globe. Nazi Germany and Russia were both feverishly working to develop nuclear weapons at the same time. If they had succeeded first, you wouldn't be free to write your editorial or express your religious views.

Would nuclear disarmament be wonderful? Hell, yes! You don't seem to realize that the U.S. eliminating all it's nukes will not cause Russia, China, Israel, North Korea or (soon) Iran to eliminate theirs. The harsh reality is that humans are competitive - in some, this becomes too strong and they will stop at nothing to win. Morality is an ugly word to such people. We can choose to disarm, tantamount to surrender to the "bully" nations, or we can choose to defend ourselves. The latter results in MAD (Mutual Assured Destruction), as noted in your column. It has also resulted in a world which has seen no further "world" wars or nuclear weapons used - and you have the freedom to write your column.

Life is not always happy and peaceful and will not be without some major human evolution; it simply can't be legislated nor demanded. Instead, we need to cherish the love we find, try to be at peace with our fellows and enjoy those moments.