Is making nuclear weapons obsolete really a good idea? Do we want to return to a world were nuclear deterrence no longer exists? It certainly is a grand and altruistic idea, but would it make the world a safer place? For the 45 years of the Cold War the Soviet Union and the United State went to extreme lengths to avoid direct military conflict with each other. We fought each other’s proxies. We fought the North Koreans and the Communist Chinese in Korea and the Vietcong and the North Vietnamese Army in Vietnam. They fought the Mujahideen in Afghanistan. Without nuclear weapons on both sides the likelyhood of a WWII-scale war between us would have been much higher. What would happen in the Taiwan Strait if the US and China did not possess nuclear weapons and a war broke out there. It may not be likely at present, but it could be in the future.