(Original post by an Siarach)
Thats almost funny, but its too retarded. We are the fourth richest nation in the world, one of the nuclear powers with one of the most advanced militaries and the largest navy in western europe. Even if none of this was true who exactly would get rid of us in '60 seconds' ?
hahahaha, when you go and read up on our nuclear capabilities you'll feel like a ****** We dont have control over our nuclear weapons at all.
When asked where our nuclear weapons are, the standard answer is they wont confirm or deny. Even MPs sont know where theya re. We DO NOT HAVE AN INDEPENDENT NUCLEAR DETERRENT, not since the cancellation of the Vulcan bomb, and the adoption of Polaris, then the Trident missiles. Technology was so expensive and complex that it was beyond Britains capabilities at the time, ans so they are made available by the US, which ALSO CONTROLS THE GLOBAL SATELLITE GUDIANCE SYSTEM! Even if Blair ordered the firing of them, they wouldnt have a target unless guided by america. In fact, France has more of an independent deterrent than we do. The American govnt have said that in return for their assistance with nuclear powers, we MUST give them control the intelligence services and they therfore have access to all the intelligence we have. When Tony Benn was minister of technology, he has to ask americas permission before britain was allowed to proceed with the uranium thing using the centrifuge- we had to consult the Atomic Energy Commision in Washington.
This is why Blair had to follow Bush to war. We would losr our pretence to the rest of the world that we have an INDEPENDENT nuclear deterrent. Showing the world we are a non-nuclear tiny island. Of interest to america simply because their bombers can fly from British bases, giving them easy access to Europe if they need it.
I have read super-extensively on the subject of Britian and its nuclear capabilities, sis a whole damn project on it, consulted with people in governemt (with the help of my head teacher), so before you call me retared, i suggest you go and check out some of the actual facts. If we fell out big time with ameirca, they wiuldnt help us with the nuclears, leaving us wide open to attack by stronger countries.
And you ask who? Well, the western world aren't really liked by many other parts of the world are they? Let me tell you, if we didnt have americas backing, and china or japan decided to attack us, we would, as i said, be gone in sixty seconds. Or maybe a little longer.
I wont argue this much longer. Just go and look for the facts. It is widely acknowledged that we are not an independent nuclear power, we are dependent on America for help.