If this country were to suffer an unprovoked nuclear attack and would be totally obliterated in a matter of minutes, would you favor unleashing the U.S. nuclear arsenal upon the attackers?
No. Because there are always innocent lives involved. Did Gandhi really say, “An eye for an eye only makes the whole world blind,” or was that just something that looked good on a bumper sticker? The whole mutually assured destruction thing has never really made sense to me. If someone attacks the U.S. and wipes out the majority of the population, what’s the point of wiping out their population posthumously?
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.