Which government would be crazy enough to use nuclear weapons?

An opinion by Michel Wautelet, Professor Emeritus of UMons

Since the end of the Cold War in the 1990s, nuclear weapons have become, for military experts, more of a theoretical concept than a reality. Which government would be crazy enough to actually use nuclear weapons? This would lead, in retaliation, to their own destruction. No one seems to have asked what Hitler would have done, for example, if he had had nuclear weapons at the time of the German defeat in 1945. But no! There are no crazy rulers today.

Since Putin’s recent threats, we’ve been wondering about the real effects of tactical battlefield nuclear weapons. Which, being “tactical”, would only have limited effects. Except that current tactical nuclear weapons would have powers comparable to those launched in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

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