General Buck Turgidson is the head of the SAC Commander and a rabid anti-communist. He is the individual who consulted the president on how to deal with the Russians and nuclear war. He is a realist; nuclear war to him is a game and he does not view it as something that will lead to world destruction. General Jack D. Ripper, also a realist, is an ultra paranoid nationalist. He believed that the fluoridation of drinking water was a communist conspiracy that it needed to be destroyed to stop the communist advance in America.
The classic film Dr. Strangelove is a black comedy that warns people about the possibilities of global destruction. It is a satirical look at the Cold War and what could have easily been a nuclear war, ending in devastation for much of the world. According to the online dictionary, the definition of black comedy is the combination of morbid and farcical elements (in writing or drama) to give a disturbing effect. The director, Stanley Kubrick uses black humour to respond to the Cold War; Kubrick makes light of the situation of a rogue General causing the apparent end of the world. This film represents a political and cultural parody of Cold War rhetoric and anxiety.
Exposure to high levels of radioactive waste can cause birth defects, cancer, and death. We all need to be aware of these dangers that exist across the country. It is imperative that we rethink our visual communication effort for warning current and future generations of the imminent danger below. The comic strip is a great medium to get across a point to many levels of audiences. In this cartoon I attempt to send the message that nuclear power will kill everything, even innocent cockroaches.
After the Soviet Union developed the technology for a nuclear bomb the playing field leveled and in my opinion became policy simply because both nations had leaders and Governments who wanted to be the big boy on the block and hold the nuclear solution as the trump card. For either nation or all nations who had the weapons it kept everyone at bay because we knew now the destructive power and no one really wanted to fire the first shot (probably for fear of retaliation or collateral damage). The only pro to this as a policy is the retaliatory option it offered us in case the Soviet Union decided to launch on us or our allies. perhaps other policy benefits are that it moved forward more advanced surveillance techniques, satellite programs and
Rational Choice Theory in “Fail Safe” In the movie “Fail Safe” the President of United States of America meets issues that create security dilemma between two nations where he has to make certain hypothesis, assumptions, and correct decisions that will be consequential to the United States as country as well as a nation. Being at the state of Cold War, United States and Soviet Union were trying to avoid and prevent limited war that would lead to Mutual Assured Destruction of two nations. However, due to technological failure one of the USA bombers gets false signal to bomb Moscow with two by twenty megaton bombs and US cannot reach the bombers because Soviet Union was jamming US radio system. As the Commander Chief of United States of America, the President has to deal with Rational Choice Theory to stop the bombing of Moscow. He has to make assumptions why all this happened, what should be done to stop Group Six from accomplishing their mission, and if the bombers will not be stopped and the bombs will be dropped what should be done to even the situation.
Today that pride must be tempered by a profound concern. If atomic bombs are to be added as new weapons to the arsenals of a warring world, or to the arsenals of the nations preparing for war, then the time will come when mankind will curse the names of Los Alamos and Hiroshima. The people of this world must unite or they will perish. This war that has ravaged so much of the Earth, has written these words. The atomic bomb has spelled them out for all men to understand.
The entire world changed after the dropping of the atomic bomb on the Japanese islands of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It created a mass hysteria considering that now the world could be destroyed from the use of these awesome bombs. As the United States gradually slipped into the Cold War with the Soviet Union, people hoped that some ethical codes instilled within us all would prevent the obliteration of the earth by use of atomic bombs. Though the power of the atomic bomb has not been unleashed upon another civilization since Nagasaki, the hope that an ethical code can regulate interactions throughout all regions, states, and nations is erroneous. Blackburn, in his short introduction to ethics through the book “Being Good”, gives seven threats to ethics that denounces the ability to regulate interactions ethically.
Kennedy asked how many American causality’s there would be if one of the Soviet Union’s missiles would go off in the United States. The response to his question was around 500,000 (found in the interview). JFK realized the damage that a nuclear war could cause. He believed that if America went to war with the Soviet Union and won, it would be a pointless victory due to all the causality’s. JFK did what he could to ease the tension between the two nations.
If one member is attacked, this would be seen as an attack on the entire NATO, and all of the member nations would react with military actions. It is an unquestionable fact that the defensive pact was aimed specifically at the USSR. The entry of USA into NATO was a turning point for American foreign polices. It was evident that Uncle Sam was abandoning its former Isolationist Policy in peacetime, into becoming a much more aggressive, expansive and influential player in the world. This showed the Washington’s determination to fight against Communism and to stand up against Moscow no matter what the costs.
Fear of the other country laying influence of their ideology, as a means to gain power, tensions rose. These tensions were fueled by the truman doctrine, which requested 400 million from congress to help combat communism in greece and turkey. The purpose of the Truman doctrine was to provide American economic and military assistance to any nation threatened by communism. The US feared the encroaching soviet strength, which perpetually launched them into an arms race with the U.S.S.R. The Soviets broke the US nuclear monopoly, and that struck fear into all americans, there is now someone just as dangerous as you are.