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0-BAMANATION Wrote: Oct 13, 2012 2:44 PM
MAKE NO MISTAKE The United States will decimate any nation that detonates a nuclear weapon on US soil. This includes the use on nuclear weapons with the intent to utterly decimate any nation and population within it that had done such. MAKE NO MISTAKE... and this applies to any nation supplying components for an atom bomb then detonated by another nation on American soil. Buyer beware... Russia, China, India, North Korea, Pakistan and..... France.
Wendy60 Wrote: Oct 13, 2012 3:50 PM
Will never happen as long as we accept Just War Theory. Under JWT, once we identified who was involved, our first consideration is how to protect everyone involved from our operations, not how to retaliate against them. The whole point of JWT is to minimize our death-dealing, not maximize it to remove the threat or send a message.

Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison.

When Thomas Jefferson and John Adams served the infant American republic as diplomats in Paris in 1785, they were both deeply concerned about the Barbary pirates.

These pirates, Muslims living in North Africa, had been preying upon American merchant vessels plying the Mediterranean.

It was customary for the rulers of these Barbary states to enrich themselves by taking American sailors—and those as well from European ships—and holding them hostage. The Europeans paid off the hostage takers. It was thought cheaper than fighting them.

Mr. Jefferson and Mr. Adams ventured forth to Versailles...