OT: Obama just won Nobel Peace Prize.

AlunFoto alunfoto at gmail.com
Sat Oct 10 10:56:59 EDT 2009


2009/10/10 P. J. Alling <webstertwentysix at gmail.com>:
> Oppenheimer.  The atomic bomb kept the peace for 50+ years, at least there
> were no "major" shooting wars for 50 years because no one wanted to risk a
> conventional war getting out of hand.  Probably the first time that a weapon
> was actually too terrible to use.

Interesting choice. He turned completely against nukes after seeing
the actual devastation of the bombs used in Japan. A turnaround that
made him victim of the Red Scare, even. However his role in the
Manhattan Project probably keeps him off the list in the first place.

As for "getting out of hand", it has just meant that all the nuclear
states have turned to fighting their wars by proxies. No point in
listing conflicts/wars under this umbrella, but looking at the amount
of peace achieved your argument is a non-starter.

But your candidate is good for his post-war engagement.

Jostein

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