A Vicious Cycle

1094 Words Nov 10th, 2016 5 Pages
Another topic often overlooked in discussions of the sort is parallels that of discussed previously, and it is the idea of a vicious cycle. If a country continues to think that it needs to be more powerful to prevent an imminent attack, this toxic mentality tends to lead to more issues than normal. This mindset is a form of determinism that serves no other purpose than to perpetuate the need for more and more weapons, similar to the point made above arguing against the idea of MAD. As stated by Brian Kester, “[a] perceived threat is more likely to provoke a violent reaction if the people threatened feel they can strike with impunity, and space weapons would add significantly to the feeling of American impunity.” This echoes ethical considerations regarding vulnerability and helps to show that the cycle of continually doing more and more may not always be the best policy for a nation. Superiority may be a nation’s most damning weakness if, in it, comes a spirit of arrogance and apathy for others. The political considerations associated with placing weapons in space is also not something that should be taken lightly. As mentioned before, several acts of legislation both at the worldwide (United Nations) and country level have been put in place to try and maintain the neutrality and peacefulness of space, such as the Treaty of Outer Space. Thus, to say politics is not intertwined with this decision would be a grossly misinformed stance. From the United States perspective,…
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