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Single Idea 23588

[catalogued under 25. Social Practice / E. Policies / 1. War / a. Just wars]

Full Idea

With nuclear weapons, supreme emergency has become a permanent condition. [283] But supreme emergency is never a stable position.

Gist of Idea

With nuclear weapons we have a permanent supreme emergency (which is unstable)


Michael Walzer (Just and Unjust Wars [1977], 17)

Book Reference

Walzer,Michael: 'Just and Unjust Wars' [Penguin 1984], p.274

A Reaction

The obvious instability of balanced mutual threat is a nuclear state which finds itself losing a war.