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Post World War II how did the world avoid a Third World war?
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Because of... MAD...that is, Mutual Assured Destruction.....Without that the communist dictatorships would've taken over and killed the whole world by now. With the USA nuclear arsenal of about 5,000 nuke warheads we avoided the 3rd world war and as the USA we can still blast this entire planet out of space and existence if we ever wanted to.
- Anonymous3 months ago
Nuclear weapons in the sixties the UK had enough Nukes and aircraft to destroy all the Cities in the USSR and if we Missed any there was the French Nukes all deployed before the American Nukes were Over Europe
- VanillaVoodooLv 68 months ago
“I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” – Albert Einstein.
- 8 months ago
Presntly major world economies are trying their hands on Economic Sanctions , Technological Superiority , Hacking and some Cold War tactics !
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It wasn't for the lack of trying.
MAD mutually assured destruction aka nukes
- Anonymous8 months ago
Two basic reasons - nuclear deterrence and the establishment of the United Nations.
- Anonymous8 months ago
Well within ten years of WWII all the major world powers (except Germany and Japan if they could still be considered ones) had nukes. That rendered conflict between any of them pointless. The Cold War, which was the geopolitical conflict which followed WWII, was between the US and the USSR, both of which eventually had more than enough nukes to totally wipe out their opponent. If that's the case then you're not going to go to war.
- u_bin_calledLv 78 months ago
Stalin got The Bomb, ushering in the age of "Mutually-assured Destruction." The worst-case scenario in war went from "defeat" to "total annihilation" and the "rewards" of "total victory" became the inheritance of a smoldering, uninhabitable ruin.
Since then war has become something that is "managed" rather than something to be "won," with "Big Picture" thinking focused less on victory and more on risk management and maintaining the profitability of the nuclear powers.
- ?Lv 68 months ago
Nuclear weapons made a Third World war unwinable.