Lesson from the Cold War

The Western world and Japan has lived with the spectre of nuclear war for over 65 years now. Thankfully the once ever-present danger of annihilation has abated since the end of the Cold War. However, we must not become complacent and through negligence allow the risks to once more escalate. This film made in 1965 is a stark reminder as to why we must never take our eye of the nuclear ball as the stakes are just too high.....

Today there are two potentially serious threats:

1.    Iran and its expansionist plans, which could lead to a nuclear arms race in the Middle East

2.    The military rise of China, which, like the USSR before it, could potentially become conventionally dominant in certain theatres that could lead to a Western reliance on the first use of nuclear weapons, as was the case in the European theatre when faced with an overwhelming assault by the USSR's massive army.

The West will need to be vigilant and determined in manifesting and maintaining its policy of determined deterrence, as this is critical to maintaining a peaceful world.