Army chief: Nuclear weapons only for strategic deterrence

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  1. Yusuf

    Yusuf GUARDIAN Administrator

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    While India has a declared commitment of "no first-use", its nuclear doctrine does hold that "nuclear retaliation to a first strike will be massive".

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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Nuclear weapons are for strategic deterrence.

    That is why they have never been used after Hiroshima and Nagasaki!

    And no one has used the Tac nukes either!
     
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    That is same as saying 'no first use'. Do you think anyone is foolish enough to have second strike capability but not strike? Then the word 'strategic' would have had no significance.
     
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    I think the no first uses policy is foolish.


    Example:

    If china masses a huge army at the mountain passes the option of using a tactical nuke should be on the table.
     
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    And be vapourised by the chinese second strike? No chance.

    Only countries which do not have sufficient troops at the border have policies like that. For example, the Russian nuclear doctrine is made in such a way that if they are dragged into a war the odds of which are stacked even slightly against them, they'll go nuclear. So if tanks from Germany cross their border and head for Russia, their nuclear doctrine suggests nuclear strikes.
    Similar picture for Pakistan, they talk of nuclear retaliation at the drop of a hat. However, this is an untenable posture because if such a first use does happen, the country is bound to be annihilated by the nuclear second strike, which is always going to be many times more intense and massive than first strike. So first use policy is futile and counterproductive
     
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