Will Mutual Assured Destruction Continue to Deter Nuclear War?

This month’s Skeptic is raising and dealing with an existential question nested in the human nature.

Here it is:

When I was in elementary school in the early 1960s, we were periodically put through “duck and cover” drills under the risibly ridiculous fantasy that our flimsy wooden desks would protect us from a thermonuclear detonation over Los Angeles. When I was an undergraduate at Pepperdine University in 1974, the father of the hydrogen bomb, Edward Teller, spoke at our campus about the effectiveness of mutual assured destruction (MAD) to deter war. He said that by stockpiling many weapons neither side has anything to gain by initiating a first strike because of the retaliatory capability of both to send the other back to the Paleolithic.

Read the clicking on the image below:

scientific american Mutual Assured Destruction

Scientific American Mutual Assured Destruction

Here is the final artwork:

Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) artwork

Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) artwork

And here is my rough for this illustration:

Mutual Assured Destruction- rough

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