February 23, 2016

NOT THAT THERE WAS ANY THREAT THEN EITHER:

World Getting Safer, No Daily Threat of Armageddon (Marian Tupy, February 23, 2016, Reason)

Since the end of the Cold War, wars have become rarer. International conflicts are way down, though civil wars and armed conflicts have been on the uptick. Moreover humanity's destructive potential-while still considerable-has been declining. Consider that in 1986, the Soviet Union had over 40,000 nuclear warheads, while the United States' nuclear arsenal peaked in 1967 at over 31,000 warheads. Last year, both countries' nuclear arsenal contained less than 5,000 warheads each.

British, French and Israeli stockpiles are lower than they used to be, though Chinese, Pakistani and Indian stockpiles are increasing. And while today it is still possible for a terrorist group to detonate a dirty bomb in a Western metropolis, a world-ending nuclear Armageddon is no longer a daily threat.

Truth is that by yesteryear's standards, Americans are safer.

Posted by at February 23, 2016 5:26 PM

  

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