THE NATION: Bitter Cold

Wave after wave, the icy realities of cold war—which had not really chilled Americans since the grim days of the Berlin airlift—broke over the nation again last week.

The President's announcement that he had ordered development of the hydrogen bomb was a decision that most U.S. citizens obviously approved, but about which none could be happy; driven by inexorable forces, the U.S. was setting out to make a weapon that would pale the deadliness of the atomic-fission bomb (see SCIENCE). As events had turned, it was essentially a defensive measure. The Russians could build and doubtless were building their own...

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