Am I alone in thinking?
Jezza has got into trouble for saying that he’d never ‘press the button’. Well, of course, it’s not his to press anyway – he couldn’t do it without the say-so of America – but leave that aside. My question is: who would? I think they are obliged to stand up and fly their mad flag.
(Of course, not having the damn things in the first place, putting ourselves on a level footing with, say, Germany or Sweden or Australia, would help with any moral dilemma that deluded people like General Sir Nicholas Houghton might believe to exist. But leave that aside too.)
Corbyn may be saying that he would, if in control, refuse to retaliate. Quite reasonable, I'd have thought. Pressing it second isn’t really an issue, because the Destruction part of M.A.D. has already been achieved, so it becomes a bit academic. “They killed us, but we killed them too, so we’re quits, and everything’s hunky dory, no harm done” isn’t a position I can imagine any political leader, even the maddest, taking. And it would be particularly academic for most of us, because we’d be dead.
The plain truth is that the only real moral dilemma is: would you press it first? So if Mr Corbyn is stating that he would never, under any circumstances, be the first button-presser, then I’d be surprised to find any of our leaders, current or aspirant, disagreeing. So can they please just say so? It’s time somebody broke this MAD vicious circle.