Some rulers understand the terrible cost of war better than others.
War has been humanity’s constant companion since the humble hand ax of the Stone Age became the first fire-forged metal weapons of the Iron Age.
The arms race lasting 10,000+ years has wrought such terrifying weapons, in the modern age, many of us had begun to hope the days of global conflicts and mass war casualties are far in the past.
The Industrial Age, the internal combustion engine, the printing press, the pentium processor; with every leap forward, society has brought with it the plague of war.
Of all the imaginative and horrifying ways human beings have come up with to kill one another- and there have been some standouts over the millennia in terms of scale, scope and merciless ingenuity- nuclear weapons were hoped to be the worst.
What could be worse than global thermonuclear war?
The threat of nuclear war on a global scale heretofore has kept world leaders from indulging in their martial and warmongering tendencies, for the most part.
When U.S. President Harry S. Truman made the fateful decision to unleash two of the catastrophic bombs created by Oppenheimer and company to be the destroyer of worlds, it plunged humanity- and the arms race- into a new age of warfare.
There is no more war.
There is only nuclear war, now.
More countries have The Bomb than sensible world leaders know what to do with. Other people want The Bomb, too; bad people. Dictators who want to consign their nearest neighbors to conquest, despots without conscience threatening to unleash unimaginable suffering on the world if their demands are not met, cruel rulers looking for novel new ways to terrorize their populace and region.
Terrorists want The Bomb, too. Rogue nations want it; some are on-track to get it.
With Russia invading Ukraine, and China threatening to do the same in Taiwan, things are looking worse on the war front than they have in decades. Anyone with five minutes and Google can see the world plunged into World War III in four moves.