Summary: This release contains three responses to the Cold War application, ranked from least to most effective.
Released: Filed Under: Stoa Lincoln-Douglas
About "Cold War (OPP)"
This year, quite rightly, Negative debaters love to paint apocalyptic scenarios. Their job is to scare the judge away from the Wild West of uncivilized, unwarranted bloodshed. To that end, the Cold War has become a favorite application on Negative.
At first glance, it seems like a perfect application. The Cold War was recent enough to fire old memories, severe enough to spark old fears, and far enough within the realm of possibilities to happen again. There were moments of the Cold War where it seemed like a preemptive strike was inevitable, yet it never came, proving how diplomacy and not preemptive war is the best course of action.
But, in the context of the resolution, using the Cold War to justify a stance on the morality or immorality of preemptive war doesn’t make sense. This release contains three responses to the Cold War application, ranked from least to most effective. They are, in order: acceptance of the application, but minimization of relevance; straight refutation of the application; and a turn back onto the Negative.
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