1. retaliate with nuclear weapons;
2. not retaliate;
3. use his or her own judgement; or
4. place the submarine under an allied country's command, if possible. The documentary mentions Australia and the United States.
To me, it seems like the order that I would give those options in would be 4,3,2,1. This is because the most sensible option would be to listen to your country's allies (as they are likely to have Britain's best interests in mind). The second best option is to trust the crew, as the situation that resulted in an entire governmental destruction probably wouldn't respond well to any blanket statements like 1 and 2. Option 2 makes the next amount of sense because defaulting to no nuclear weapons is generally a smart policy. What do you believe should be the correct order?
The point of terrorism is to terrify, as they say.
Yet if commanders get to the point of actually reading the letters, then deterrance has obviously failed.
That's what makes these letters so interesting IMO.
Wow. I'm glad I didn't know that when I was living in Canberra!
It's like The Godfather. Every time Australians think we're out of the empire game, they find a way to drag us back in.
Sounds more like an Arthurian legend than stuff of modern diplomacy... but maybe that's British politics for me...
I can't speak for others, but I imagine I would be livid if I ever had to open one of these and the Prime Minister chose the "just do whatever" option.