our greatest blessings come to us by way of madness Phaedr. 244a

2012/10/01

The Armageddon Letters


The Armageddon Letters Project delivers the following three lessons for nuclear diplomacy today:
  1. Nuclear Armageddon is possible: as a matter of historical record – not merely hypothetical scenarios or other projections – it is now known that a catastrophic nuclear war nearly happened in October 1962.
  2. Nuclear Armageddon is possible even if no one wants it: in a crisis of this urgency, a series of conscious decisions that would seem unthinkable under normal conditions becomes likely as the pressure to attack first becomes almost too much for leaders to bear.
  3. Armageddon must be made impossible: the combination of nuclear weapons and human fallibility will eventually result in nuclear destruction if these weapons are not abolished.