THE NATIONS: Briefing for a Man from Mars

An unsuspecting radio listener (say, on Mars) who happened to tune in on the Earth last week would have been struck by a peculiar hissing sound. It was a form of static caused by the word "peace" being fervently repeated by millions from Minsk to Minneapolis. Contrary to what the listener might conclude, the phenomenon did not mean that peace was any nearer, or that anyone could relax. In fact, the more people sat back in the belief that peace on earth was just around the corner, the nearer the world would be to war.

This paradox, and the propaganda piffle...

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