PT1.S3.Q4 - The theory of military deterrence

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  • swetolawyerswetolawyer Alum Member
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    Also struggled with this question for a while. Here's my best shot...


    "...fear of retaliation makes a would be aggressor nation hesitate before attacking and is often sufficient to deter it altogether from attacking."

    Fear of retaliation ==> deter attack.

    "Clearly, then, to maintain military deterrence, a nation would have to be believed to have retaliatory power so great that a potential aggressor nation would have reason to think that it could not defend it self against such retaliation"


    "if you make people believe that you're so aggressive that another nation can't defend itself against you, then you can maintain military deterrence"

    believed to have retaliatory power ==> deter attack


    "One nation's failing to attack another establishes that the nation that fails to attack believes that it could not withstand a retaliatory attack from another nation."


    "if you deterred an attack, that means that you they must have believed you to have retaliatory power"

    deter attack ==> believed to have retaliatory power

    This is sufficiency/necessity confusion.


    "It is in the interests of a nation that seeks deterrence and has unsurpassed military power to let potential aggressors against it become aware of its power of retaliatory attack."


    "If you want to deter, then you want your potential aggressors to believe your have retaliatory power"

    deter ==> believed to have retalitory power

    The hardest part about this question is the translation from english to Lawgic. I think if i tried to do this question again, I would ditch completely using lawgic and just use intuition, because intuitively, (C) doesn't make sense (there could be other reasons for not attacking), but (D) is a pretty solid parallel to the stimulus.

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