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  • Secret Intelligence
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    Patriot games Know Your Enemy: How the Joint Intelligence Committee Saw the World Percy Cradock 354 pp, John Murray The Secret State: Whitehall and the Cold War Peter Hennessy 234 pp, Allen Lane Twelve years ago, Sir Reginald Hibbert, a former senior Foreign Office diplomat, penned a devastating essay about the Whitehall elite responsible for assessing secret intelligence. Long-term intelligence assessments usually end up "by arguing that the future is going to be broadly like the present, only ...
  • American Society During The Cold War
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    6. Nihilism is the philosophical doctrine that life is meaningless and that there is no deep order or purpose to the universe. What are the nihilistic elements of the film? Are there any contrary elements of the film that undermine a general nihilistic theme? What, if any, are the political implications of the film's treatment of nihilism? The film "The Atomic Caf'e" brilliantly portrays the habitual life in U.S. society during the Cold War. The Cold War was a period of tension between the Unite...
  • Affirmative Theme Of Courage In Alas
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    A Different View of the Bomb The menace of nuclear war has loomed over generations of Americans. Many different people react in many different ways to the threat of nuclear war, but one of the most common reactions is a passive sort of fear. This is because if nuclear war should begin, we are helpless to stop it or intervene in any way. This is one reason why the literary reactions to nuclear war have generally been quite different from the literary works about conventional types of warfare. The...
  • Attitudes Towards The Use Of Nuclear Weapons
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    The Spread of Nuclear Weapons: More May Be Better Kenneth Waltz, produces an interesting and semi compelling argument for the use of Nuclear weapons as a way of maintaining the peace. There are however problems with Waltzs argument. One of these can be explained by the time period in which he made it. While Waltz was writing his paper the world was a different place. Waltz wrote his paper in nineteen eighty one, before the fall of the Soviet Union. His scenario is based on a bipolar world. The f...
  • Used War As A General Term
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    When a person sees all the grisly images of war on the television set they cannot help but think, "This has got to stop". But what reasons can this person justify their decision on? There are many people in the world who can only argue their opinion through what they see on TV, which of course is not what war is. In William Earle's essay "In Defense of War" and Trudy Govier's "Nuclear Illusion and Individual Obligations" we respectively see a pro-war and an anti-war opinion. We must differentiat...
  • Nations Dismantled Their Nuclear Weapons
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    Nuclear Weapons: Destructors or Saviors? When one thinks of complete and total annihilation, the plumage of an infamous mushroom cloud is undoubtedly an image which comes to mind. This ominous image is '... a tiger which must be looked in the eye,' (Looking the Tiger in the Eye, 1982). The reason for which we must examine the issue of nuclear weapons, is best stated in the words of J. Robert Oppenheimer, '... until we have looked this tiger in the eye, we shall ever be in the worst of all possib...
  • Accidental Nuclear Weapons Launch
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    The threat of nuclear war puts enough stress on people that an accidental nuclear war could be the result. With more and more of the superpowers defences being controlled by complex computers, the chance of a malfunction increases as well. Add this to normal human error and governmental mistakes and you have a recipe for disaster. For this paper I will be describing examples and systems of the United States, as Canada has no nuclear weapons, and the USA's information is more readily available th...
  • Threat Of The Soviet Union
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    The cold War The Cold War was a response to the perceived threat by the United States that Communism would interfere with national security and economic stakes in the world. It was a perceived threat by communist countries that the United States would take to the world. During the Cold War, the United States, Russia, and other countries made efforts to avoid another world war, while warring in proxy in other lands. The devastation caused by the hydrogen bombs exploded in Hiroshima and Nagasaki a...
  • Nuclear Weapons After The Cold War
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    Since the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, the whole world has been in fear of nuclear war, for the first time in our history we can completely destroy the world. During the era of super power confrontation, the world came very near to nuclear annihilation on more than once. But now that the era of super power confrontation has ended with the fall of communism and the collapse of the USSR, what are the implications for nuclear stability 80 Whilst during the cold war, there were only two...
  • Nuclear Weapons And The Apocalypse
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    Doomsday. The day when every living thing on this earth will die and will face the Creator for Judgement Day. Many people believe this will happen, and soon. Possibly New Years' Eve, the year 2000. But will it happen The world will soon find out. Three areas to be looked at are: the Cold War starting after the Second World War; nuclear war, its possibility of reoccurring and the way the media views the threat of nuclear war; and finally, whether the apocalypse is approaching, what the world's mi...
  • Third World States From Developing Nuclear Weapons
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    This book is structured as a debate between the authors on the subject of nuclear proliferation. Waltz "argues that because nuclear weapons 'will never the less spread,' the end result will be stabilizing. His main point is that 'nuclear weapons make wars hard to start' and that even radical states will act like rational ones because of the mutually deterrent effort of nuclear weapons. Sagan... fears the worst because of 'inherent limits in organizational reliability. He contends that the paroch...
  • Harrison Ford Plays Captain Alexi Vostrikov
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    1961: one of the world's most feared years. Russia and the United States of America are head-to-head in the Cold War at its zenith. Both superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union, armed with nuclear strength and willingness to use it, threaten the world with great ferocity. In November of 1960, the United States sent the Soviet Union a submarine vessel called George Washington. With the reputation of the Soviet Union endangered, the Russians hurry to produce a devastating weapon of the...
  • Limited Nuclear War
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    Mutual Assured Destruction - Doctrine McNamara, calm public opinion and contain the insatiable demands of the US military for nuclear weapons was known as assured destruction. - 1969, recognized that the Soviet Union could inflict an 'unacceptable' level of damage on the US and the word 'mutual' was added to the doctrine. - Assured destruction was there to deter an attack on the US and to contain the appetites of the US military for new weapons. - "Robert McNamara... talked of mutual assured des...
  • Total Soviet Expenditure During The Cold War
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    The Cold War was a confrontation between military giants, and it was the balance of terror, which preserved the world's peace. But the balance was maintained at a ridiculously high and costly level. Both the United States and the Soviet Union equipped themselves with thousands more nuclear missiles than were needed for self-defense. Those weapons, added to conventional armaments, cost the superpowers trillions of dollars. In 1955 President Eisenhower warned, "The problem in defense spending is t...
  • Soviet Missiles On A Route To Cuba
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    Assignment #3: Process Analysis A War Abolished As we live are lives today in the year 2003, a lot of us feel lucky that the war with Iraq did not turn into a fatal, nuclear one. The reason many people feared the war was because of the new military technology that has developed over the years. For example, smart bombs, atomic bombs, and the worst of them all, the nuclear bomb. Many people thought that the war was a terrifying feeling for the countries involved. People today believe that the war ...
  • Nuclear Weapons In Times Of War
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    NUCLEAR POWER: FOR PEACE OR WAR? INTRODUCTION War cannot happen without proper tools such as weapons. Even in the most ancient days of civilization, men utilized something else other than their bare hands to engage in band brawls-wood, stones, etc. As civilization developed quickly, weapons technology did not fall behind; various lethal arms came into existence. When the sharp swords were not enough, gunpowder blew up the weaponry industry. When the handgun and rifles were neither quick nor mass...
  • Nuclear Free Issues Of New Zealand
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    For years New Zealand has been clean, green and nuclear free. The nuclear free issues of New Zealand interested me and brought me to wondering Why did New Zealand become nuclear free, What are New Zealand's laws towards being nuclear free and when where they put place and What devastation can nuclear weapons cause? "Not since the dawn of the nuclear age at the end of World War ll has the danger of nuclear war been greater" said Richard Falk, professor emeritus of international law at Princeton U...
  • Advances By Way Of War
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    Advances by Way of War War is a very good way for our society to advance its ideas and technology. War lets leaders with new ideas rise to power, gives them resources to work with and stimulates a aggressiveness to reach the goal before the other side does, this aggressiveness often ends with success. I'll use WWII as a example. Some events, ideas, and technological advances that occured between the years 1940-1946 or were the results of events during WWII. In 1946 the first computer was made. I...
  • Very Important Subs In The War
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    Blind Man's Bluff Sometimes in literature, the characters in the story make an important contribution to society. In the novel, Blind Man's Bluff, by Sherry Sontag and Christopher Drew, the brave men and women that served in the Navy's Secret Service did just that. If it wasn t for them, many more lives would have been lost and more land would be destroyed. They had to endure many hardships and suffer for this country. This book is compiled of many missions that happened throughout the Cold War....

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