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    Default Nuclear War in the 80s - how would history have remembered Samantha Smith?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samantha_Smith

    How would history have remembered her if a NATO-Warsaw Pact version of World War III had broken out in the 80s?

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    There was a nuclear war in the 80s? I missed it???
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    Probably not remembered at all. It would not have been a limited nuclear war, it would have escalated.
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    Limited to where? Essex?
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    If nucleare war broke out, there wouldn't be many people left to remember her at all.

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    MAD stopped all nuclear war. Mutually Assured Destruction. We each know if we launch the other side will pick up the launch by satellite detection & thus will launch theirs. It is a no-win situation as shown in the movie War Games

    Do you really believe the other side without provocation would launch so many ICBM's, subs and ships knowing that we would have no option to launch as well? It would break our MAD Treaty (Mutually Assured Destruction) not to mention the end of the world as we know it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by zabadak View Post
    Limited to where? Essex?
    A limited nuclear war is where only one or two missiles are fired by each opposing sides, IE. NATO and Warsaw Pact. No more are fired, regardless of the destruction caused. The next step would be all out nuclear war. Most , if not all warheads used. There was, and still is, a hotline between the White House and the Kremlin. This would have been used in the event of any warhead being used. Since the 1950s, we came very close to war. The Cuban Missile Crises being the most well known. The blockade of west Berlin being another. During this blockade, western planes actually flew over East German territory. Fortunately, none were shot down. There were also smaller incidents, planes mistakenly flying into Eastern/Western territory. During Operation Crusader, a big NATO exercise in the early 1980s, Russia actually thought NATO was going to invade the Warsaw Pact area, they were actually getting ready for war. They only stepped down when the exercise ended. It would only have taken ONE mistake to spark something off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marc View Post
    A limited nuclear war is where only one or two missiles are fired by each opposing sides, IE. NATO and Warsaw Pact. No more are fired, regardless of the destruction caused. The next step would be all out nuclear war. Most , if not all warheads used. There was, and still is, a hotline between the White House and the Kremlin. This would have been used in the event of any warhead being used. Since the 1950s, we came very close to war. The Cuban Missile Crises being the most well known. The blockade of west Berlin being another. During this blockade, western planes actually flew over East German territory. Fortunately, none were shot down. There were also smaller incidents, planes mistakenly flying into Eastern/Western territory. During Operation Crusader, a big NATO exercise in the early 1980s, Russia actually thought NATO was going to invade the Warsaw Pact area, they were actually getting ready for war. They only stepped down when the exercise ended. It would only have taken ONE mistake to spark something off.
    I read about that; can't remember where

    Do you really believe the other side without provocation would launch so many ICBM's, subs and ships knowing that we would have no option to launch as well? It would break our MAD Treaty (Mutually Assured Destruction) not to mention the end of the world as we know it.


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    Sorry, think I made a mistake!!! It may have been called Exercise Crusader. Operation Crusader happened during WW2.
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    Able Archer, wasn't it.

    We are also lucky that Lt. Petrov didn't listen to his computers.

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