Unless you’re a jihadist or completely deluded (Kim Jong-un style), then MAD is definitely a deterrent.
Look at animals that can scare off predators by looking bigger and meaner than they are. Having a giant pile of weapons is the human equivalent of a cat’s fur standing on end or a frilled lizard spreading his neck frill.
Don’t forget,we are animals, so big brain or not, we have similar survival instincts. And even if we didn’t have that instinct, it’s the logical conclusion to not attack a more or equally powerful opponent.
Yeah good points. We could substitute “nukes” for the term MAD above.
Obviously weapons are a deterrent.
There’s still more complicated logic equations involved with the concept of MAD, but I suppose you’re right about the basic premise.
I think another separate discussion could be had on this topic about the logic behind MAD…but obviously it’s basic fundamentals
are somewhat sound, though unproven.
That’s one of the logical conundrums of MAD, that it will always be unproven..until it’s proved that it doesn’t work.
That’s what I’m trying to get at.
If people responsible for keeping the peace can’t match or exceed those who want to breach the peace violently then we are in serious trouble. I want every single person to be heard in a way that their voice can contribute to a solution in A PEACEFUL PRESENTATION OF THEIR DISPUTES.