Originally Posted by lookingglass
True... my biggest fear is that we will forget our past and some how do it again.
Unfortunately, you have a genuine basis for that fear. If there's one thing that history consistently shows, it's that each generation needs to learn by making its own mistakes, and that those mistakes are generally of the same nature. This is especially scary when one considers how many nuclear weapons are in existence, and even scarier when one learns how many of those nuclear weapons aren't under adequate safeguards and controls or are even missing, their whereabouts unknown.
I grew up during the height of the cold war. I remember "duck and cover" and my father stockpiling civil defense supplies in the basement. I remember when fallout shelters were the rage. Nuclear weapons have been pretty much a non-issue since the fall of the Soviet Union, but the problems is that they're still there and that this generation doesn't know and won't learn from the fears and mistakes of the previous generation about the horrors of nuclear weapons and nuclear war.
Although the chance of a full-blown nuclear war between two superpowers has been eliminated, I think I can be reasonably certain in saying that at some time there will
be a nuclear weapon detonated somewhere by someone. Whether it's one nation attacking another or the act of a terrorist group I don't know. I think more likely the latter. But we should be prepared to deal with that possibility. Not acknowledging that it could happen will be a case of not learning from the mistakes of the past.