The Great Star Wars P.R. War

Kindergarten imagery obscures a vital and complex debate

The first strike was launched in October. The missile was a 30-second television commercial showing a childlike drawing of stick figures, a simple house and a glum-faced sun. A Little Miss Muffet voice chirps, "I asked my daddy what this Star Wars stuff is all about. He said that right now we can't protect ourselves from nuclear weapons, and that's why the President wants to build a Peace Shield." Chunky red missiles begin to rain down, but they harmlessly disintegrate (pop! pop!) when they hit a bluish , Crayola arc in the sky. Presto, the arc becomes a shimmering rainbow, and...

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