If you take a trainspotterly interest in the weapons that could destroy civilization, there is a very informative, though somewhat chilling website at:
With the rise of China we are likely to be headed back to the Cold War days when this was highly likely:
‘If we fight a war and win it with H-Bombs, what history will remember is not the ideals we were fighting for, but the methods we used to accomplish them. These methods will be compared to the warfare of Genghis Khan who ruthlessly killed every last inhabitant of Persia.’
Hans A Bethe
I will be posting on the rise of China in a future blog. It seems to me that pretending it is not going to cause problems is the best way to ensure it does. That said, this blog is strongly in favour of learning the lessons of the Cold Wars and its several near misses in the hope that it doesn’t come to that. But pretending there is no rhinoceros in the room is not the way….
See also our post earlier this year: