The Nation: SALT as Theology

While the debate over strategic arms limitation rages in Washington, a new simile is circulating within the Federal Government: SALT is like theology. It lends itself to scholarly debate about how many MIRVs can dance on the tip of an SS-19 Soviet missile. But in essence, SALT is a matter of faith; either one believes in reaching an arms agreement or one does not. Adherents consider themselves to be true believers and opponents to be fierce infidels; in between stand the skeptical agnostics. Right now the true believers are not exactly being fed to the lions, but they are losing...

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