IR - The Irrelevance of Nuclear Weapons

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The Irrelevance of Nuclear Weapons By: Casey Dynan I. Introduction A) Fear of escalation and terror of nuclear weapons B) Continued existence of the weapons promises eventual catastrophe C) Mueller takes issue with both of these points in this article II. Part I – The Impact of Nuclear Weapons A) Deterrence of World War – challenges the notion that nuclear weapons prevents war between power blocs 1) The memory of World War II a) WWI and II were extremely devastating – 50 million casualties b) This was even before the bomb was dropped 2) Postwar Contentment a) Unlike the WWI, post WWII the major powers were content with their position in the global arena b) This can be shown in the fact that while their have been disputes, there has never been grievances so essential as to make a world war 3) Soviet Ideology a) Soviet ideology stresses revolutionary procedures over war b) Subversion, revolution, diplomatic and economic pressure, seduction, guerrilla warfare, local uprising, and civil war were stress by Lenin – all of
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This note was uploaded on 09/10/2008 for the course POL 130 taught by Professor Sampson during the Spring '08 term at Gustavus.

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