The Church has condemned the very possession of nuclear weapons, and Pope Francis has called the MAD protocol a “negative peace” not based on Christian values. Under these circumstances the use of a nuclear weapon in war can hardly be considered moral.
As I have said, ICBM arsenals are retaliatory devices. But another possibility is their use as a first-strike weapon. While both the USA and Russia deny that such is their intention, both continue to develop nuclear first-strike capabilities. Especially troubling is Russia’s deployment of a submarine launched nuclear armed stealth cruise missile. This weapon is undetectable either when launched or in flight.
When one side concludes that the other has developed a full-blown first-strike capability, that side will find itself under great pressure to launch its own pre-emptive strike. That is where the MAD protocol will fail and global nuclear war will occur.
It is predicted in our Bible, and our only defense against it is to pay heed to Pope Francis’ words and dismantle all of our nuclear bombs.