misinformer - Member
No one is going to take out the home of battered Mars bars that's a given, not sure if your trolling.
Well they certainly would have an excess of deep fried something, but no, not trolling.
I was musing how you could make a statement in this confrontation, and a limited nuclear action would appeal to certain hawks.
The next step was to consider what are legitimate targets for that, which comes down to nuclear bases.
For maximum effect you need a target that will cause a lot of civilian casualties to produce sufficient pressure on the enemy government.
The attack couldn't be on the USA, because they would respond regardless, but if it was on a weak ally, then the USA would be more likely to hold back.
Now where do the Russians think the USA has a weak ally? Putin's contempt for the UK is well known, so that would be us.
Target English military bases and there would be too much pressure for a response, but there's a convenient one in Scotland hundreds of miles from anywhere important (to the UK govt).
Pessimistic thinking I know, but I grew up in the height of the Cold War when we were all targets and discussions of scenarios like this was a regular part of life.
Today I think we're in a similar state to just before WW1, no-one believes it can blow up, but right now one wrong bullet could be the trigger for escalation.
Of course, USA hawks may have similar thinking...