Re: Odd or amusing things to wonder while watching Thor...
Originally Posted by Incredible Hans
I find it odd that the Asgardians have a weapon with which they could destroy Jotunheim with ease.
Of course, under Odin's rule, they never would do such a thing. They don't commit genocide.
But let's look at it from a frost giant point of view: Laufey tells Odin that they are at war now. Would you declare war on someone who has a superior weapon that can destroy you without any effort?
Would Iran declare war on the US and think "Of course the Americans have atomic weapons... but we are sure they won't use them"?
Laufey's war on Asgard is pointless. He cannot win. If the Asgardians felt that they were losing the war, they could always say "Stop it, Laufey, or we'll consider using the Bifrost against your world."
It could be that people did not realize that technology originally intended for transportation could also be used so destructively. So when Laufey declares a state of war, he would not realize the peril.
Regarding a smaller country declaring a pointless war on the US due to having a relative arms imbalance, I refer you to the work of satire, _The Mouse that Roared_ (the book is much better than the movie).
"I have lived many ages of men, Steven. Centuries without end. I have seen many great men, and known countless honors. But the greatest honor of this ancient and tired soul has been the privilege of fighting beside you, and calling you my friend."