Tuesday, March 04, 2008
So, it seems, Nixon and Kissinger tried to scare the Soviets into helping the US win Vietnam by flying B52s loaded with nukes around Soviet airspace for a few days back in 1969. This was based on game theory. The idea was to convince the Soviets that Nixon was just crazy enough to drop the bombs. They seem to have got the crazy message but not the ending the war thing. Of course, they could have just retaliated on the basis that the proximity of the planes gave them little choice. It seems to be another example of civilisation surviving by the skin of its teeth. We appear to be pushing our luck with alarming regularity. Perhaps we ought to stop doing this.... or just get it over with.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 12:48 pm