Why is it necessary to have a nuclear defense?

After reading my post on Nuclear launch protocol and timing, you may be wondering why the United States built these,

Minuteman II on static display at March Air Base Museum. Photo by James Ulvog.

and why we built 550, 450, and 50 of these,

Minuteman II, Minuteman III, Peacekeaper ICBMs on display at Warren AFB. “Ywwrn_1b” by gvgoebel is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

as well as why we had 1,000 of these spread across the country for several decades:

Minuteman blast door covering the missile silo at a launch control facility. “Minuteman ICBM silo” by smaedli is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Why did the U.S. build all that stuff?

If you are really looking for an answer, you could start looking for the explanation by reading this fictional account of life in the Soviet Union (actually it is a disguised story of the author’s life in that repressive world),

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” by jonathan229 is licensed under CC BY 2.0; available at Amazon here.

or this factual book of life there,

gulag archipelago 3” by cdrummbks is licensed under CC BY 2.0.  Volume 1 available at Amazon here.

or this story of “Holodomor”, or ‘hunger extermination”, which was Stalin’s successful effort to intentionally starve 3,900,000 Ukranians to death,

Yes, intentionally killing about four million people was the deliberate policy of the Soviet Union. Four million dead. Intentionally.

The book review explains the three stage effort to starve the Ukrainians, with other efforts also managing to intentionally starve 1.5 million Kazakhs, and another 2.5 million elsewhere in the Soviet Union.

So there is very good reason the U.S. developed a powerful nuclear defense. If you don’t know why, perhaps with some research you may discover the reason.

If you really want to know, the answer is easy to find.

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