Nequit wrote:It was the other way around. Capabilities of nuclear weapons were blow out of proportions by journalists and politicians.
Most people would die, but we haven't got enough warheads to kill us all.
If you apply strategic warheads to enemy's economic and industrial centers, it will be enought to annihilate highly-developed industry and economy. For example, about 179 strategic warheads dropped on Moscow (as it was intended by SAC, 1956) won't completely vaporize its population, but it is enough to effectively delete its industrial capacity by zero and detroy it as a logistics center.
And what is a country without highly-developed industry and economy? Just a piece of polluted land.
Certainly, majority of population will survive somehow, even army will still struggle - you need roughly about 1 tactical nuke per 1 batallion to destroy army units. But without industry, logistics, ecomony, how long resistance may last?
That's what people mean by "destroying a country".