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A 12 year old asks you if there will ever be WW3 - what do you say?

I got asked this question yesterday by a 12 year old girl as she had been learning about WW2. She was aware of the A bombs on Japan but I don't think she quite got the idea of nuclear holocaust.

I told her that nowadays the bombs are so big it wouldn't be worth another war, and that's what has stopped us having another one since WW2. Also, we had to drop them on Japan because a lot of our soldiers would have died.

What would you guys say? Teaching kids the truth about the horror of war is rather difficult as you don't want to frighten them too much, it's like a loss of innocence. Although I get the impression a lot of left-wing adults have very little idea of how nukes have prevented another war from breaking out too.

Hopefully China and the USA won't prove me wrong.

just show her the clip in Terminator where the kids in The playground get incinerated by the nuke.

 
Wasn't there a period in early American history when they nearly decided to adopt German as the national language? Sure it's been discussed here before but can't be arrsed to press J.
I think it's a myth, but it's entirely credible. The way the Herman language works has had a massive effect on the evolution of American English.
 
It might be a
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overopensights

ADC
Book Reviewer
I don't know what they are taught at school but my grandaughter expressed an interest in "The Diary of Ann Frank" . She was 14 at the time but was told by one of her teachers not to read it (no reason given other that it may discolour her image of previous nations attitudes). I lent her my copy, my wife had read the book at 11 years old living in Germantown Milwaukee.
I asked my grandaughter what she was studying for history at school and she replied 'Jack the Ripper'
 

Yokel

LE
Tell her (in the answer to the OP) to stop worrying and love deterrence - however, the price of peace is eternal vigilance. Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum!

Deterrence works by either convincing a potential aggressor that an attack will not succeed, or by making them understand that a hostile action will result in unacceptable costs being inflicted. This is similar the Police and Security Guards making potential criminals think better of it.

Deterrence requires constant effort.
 

Sabretooth

War Hero
The Third WW is already in progress, Look around the World there are so many conflict with no end in sight and then there are the Social Economic Wars which hit everyone under the belt. Corona Virus created by the Chinks could be classed as a World War which will keep returning year after year... The result of Course will be the Human race will be exterminated by Humans and whatever weapon they can manufacture.. 1984 by George Orwell will be the way of life unless the old John Lennon song is put into practical everyday use... Give Peace a Chance
 
You're asking that about a Nation whose heroes include blokes called Eisenhower and Schwarzkopf?
Do your workmates ever call you Trigger, and then giggle?
We also had General Walter Krueger born in Flatow Germany and rose from US Pvt in the Spanish American war to service in the Philippines. Commissioned in 1901, served in WW1 as a staff officer where the french demanded he be sent home since he was a Boche, to 4 star General in 1945. formed the Alamo Scouts recce unit
 

Yokel

LE
The Third WW is already in progress, Look around the World there are so many conflict with no end in sight and then there are the Social Economic Wars which hit everyone under the belt. Corona Virus created by the Chinks could be classed as a World War which will keep returning year after year... The result of Course will be the Human race will be exterminated by Humans and whatever weapon they can manufacture.. 1984 by George Orwell will be the way of life unless the old John Lennon song is put into practical everyday use... Give Peace a Chance

Stop taking the drugs. Alternatively perhaps you should try taking the ones the doctor prescribed. Conflict has always been part of human history - including armed conflict. But are any armed conflicts between major powers taking place?

COVID-19 is not a bio weapon.

Your last two sentences are pure wibble - not worthy of a reply.
 
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Stop taking the drugs. Alternatively perhaps you should try taking the one the doctor prescribed. Conflict has always been part of human history - including armed conflict. But are any armed conflicts between major powers taking place?

COVID-19 is not a bio weapon.

Your last two sentences are pure wibble - not worthy of a reply.

If only he hadn't left it too late.

He would be odds on favourite for SPOTY.
 
Tell her (in the answer to the OP) to stop worrying and love deterrence - however, the price of peace is eternal vigilance. Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum!

Deterrence works by either convincing a potential aggressor that an attack will not succeed, or by making them understand that a hostile action will result in unacceptable costs being inflicted. This is similar the Police and Security Guards making potential criminals think better of it.

Deterrence requires constant effort.
I remember reading a comment by a President of France concerning the one way mission of the Mirage IV, that the intention was to convince the Soviets that France was not a prize worthy of a dozen Russian cities.
 
I remember reading a comment by a President of France concerning the one way mission of the Mirage IV, that the intention was to convince the Soviets that France was not a prize worthy of a dozen Russian cities.

I can picture the greatest French milertly minds, around the table choosing the font for their letter of capitulation....
 
I can picture the greatest French milertly minds, around the table choosing the font for their letter of capitulation....
Probably something like this:
 
I got asked this question yesterday by a 12 year old girl as she had been learning about WW2. She was aware of the A bombs on Japan but I don't think she quite got the idea of nuclear holocaust.

I told her that nowadays the bombs are so big it wouldn't be worth another war, and that's what has stopped us having another one since WW2. Also, we had to drop them on Japan because a lot of our soldiers would have died.

What would you guys say? Teaching kids the truth about the horror of war is rather difficult as you don't want to frighten them too much, it's like a loss of innocence. Although I get the impression a lot of left-wing adults have very little idea of how nukes have prevented another war from breaking out too.

Hopefully China and the USA won't prove me wrong.

Its a week on Tuesday .
 

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