RUSSIA: Don't Shoot

In between rocket-rattling sessions, Nikita Khrushchev sometimes shows a genuine fear of nuclear war and no longer argues that only the other side would get hurt. This more considered position seems to be the cold calculation of the Soviet military itself, to judge by an article published in Moscow's monthly International Life by Major General Nikolai Talensky of the Soviet General Staff. Writes Gen eral Talensky:

¶ "There is no practical way to repulse a nuclear rocket attack."

¶ "A nuclear war will destroy whole countries and populations . . . The loss...

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