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PaulA
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08:20:44 PM May 16th 2010
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This has stopped being about the trope, and started being a conversation about Cold War politics:

  • Completely Missing the Point - Most viewers on YouTube complain that the government leaflets were useless and that it is evil for having ever distributed them in the first place. Thing is, the British government knew that everyone was going to die, anyway; distributing these leaflets at least marginally improved the public's chance of survival and gave them hope.
    • Which is exactly the problem. Instead of taking serious effort to abolish nuclear weapons, the British government distributed appalling Cosy Catastrophe pamphlets and released PS As that made nuclear war appear survivable. Giving people false hope is a dangerous thing, as it decreases the need to fundamentally change policy and status quo wins. If they really wanted to do the right thing, they should've started de-arming.
    • But the very concept of Mutually Assured Destruction (and the realization that, yes, nobody wins in nuclear war) prevented nuclear war to begin with. It's not as if a non-nuclear World War III is somehow more survivable.

65.78.12.225
11:04:52 PM Jul 14th 2010
Oh, right, because war with weaponry that poisons the terrain around the explosions and makes the climate kill those the missiles missed is only marginally more lethal than war fought with conventional weaponry-strike him for me, Paul A.
PaulA
11:32:06 PM Jul 14th 2010
I would like to point out that none of the comments above are mine — I just moved them onto the discussion page. Please to not be dragging me into your political discussion, kthxbye.
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