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M.A.D. Vs. Non-Violence. By: Grant Christensen. Mutually Assured Destruction. Mutually Assured Destruction – A military theory of nuclear deterrence holding that neither side will attack the other if both sides are guaranteed to be totally destroyed in the conflict.

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m a d vs non violence

M.A.D. Vs. Non-Violence

By: Grant Christensen

mutually assured destruction
Mutually Assured Destruction
  • Mutually Assured Destruction – A military theory of nuclear deterrence holding that neither side will attack the other if both sides are guaranteed to be totally destroyed in the conflict.
  • In other words, neither side will fight each other because each side knows the other can fight back just as hard.
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Mutually Assured Destruction
  • The Cold War is perfect example of M.A.D.
  • Both the U.S.S.R. and the U.S.A. demonstrated M.A.D.
  • Each nation had Weapons of Mass Destruction which could be used against each other.
  • The fear of MAD was the best way to secure peace, rather than threatening a limited nuclear exchange from which one side might hope to survive with an advantage.
non violence
Non-Violence
  • Gandhi's great achievement was to evolve and practice a non-violent method for conflict resolution.
  • Although Gandhi strived for this his efforts were not always sucessful.
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Non-Violence
  • Gandhi eventually believed that by recruiting local people to defend the Empire he could impress the British with Indians’ loyalty (by having an “army”) and thus earn independence.
  • By his actions in doing this he used a form of M.A.D.
my opinion
My Opinion
  • M.A.D. is a more logical choice.
  • Although Gandhi wanted Non-Violent protests, his efforts were sometimes unsuccessful.
  • In a M.A.D. scenario each side knows the other and can fight back just as hard.
  • So each side agrees to not fight each other.