To the Editors:
Your article on nuclear disarmament [April 18] suggests a morality play the American negotiator is the good guy (the white chess pieces), while the Soviets are represented by the black. But your artist also invokes a more subtle truth. In chess the white player moves first. The U S initially developed and deployed these weapons. It introduced each new advancement and continued to build its arsenal. Having led the world to this impasse, why should Americans expect someone else to take the lead in giving up arms?