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Monday, June 3, 2013

Peace through strength by Ronald Reagan

So there are a couple kinds of peace. There is the peace that comes about through the mutual acceptance and understanding of two opposing parties. Or in the case of Ronald Reagan's statement.. There is the peace that comes about through all of your enemies being too terrified of your vast power that they would not dare to declare war on you for fear of being utterly destroyed.




An example of this would be the Cold War. Both Russia and the United States knew that the other was too strong to defeat in a conventional war (non-nuclear war). They also knew that if all out war were to break out neither country would be inhabitable due to the Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) caused by nuclear weapons. So there was peace, not because the Russians decided that democracy was better, nor because America embraced communism, but because both the USA and Russia knew that the other was too strong to fight. And historically.. Reagan's peace is much more common than mutual understanding. Because you cannot force your enemy to understand your point of view. You can, however, become so powerful that your enemy is too terrified of you to challenge you.


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