Letters, Jun. 11, 1951

Sparta or Moscow?

Sir:

May I suggest that atomic warfare, like chemical warfare, is a thing of the past? Neither side dares to use the atom bomb . . . [Then] what is Stalin waiting for? Only for us to bankrupt ourselves to the point where we can no longer afford to keep an army in the field. Then he (or his heirs) will move—but fast. How can we offset this? 1) By having fighting forces which will live a Spartan existence; 2) By having civilians who will live a Spartan existence.

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