The Nation: Rising Stockpiles

For most Americans, the terror of nuclear weapons has grown domesticated — even if the real threat remains. Psychologically, at least, the instruments of doomsday have been around for so long that they are simply part of the century's familiar, horrific landscape. Last week, in an unprecedented joint effort, the United Nations Association of the U.S.A. and its Soviet counterpart simultaneously issued reports agreeing on the need to restrict the spread of nuclear weapons and atomic stockpiles.

The U.S. report pointed out that it is not only the superpowers that pose a threat. Included in the nations that have not...

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