Wagons Hitched to Star Wars: NATO allies consider participating

Despite qualms, the NATO allies consider participating

Star Wars? Just another lame-brained American idea that probably won't work. If it does work, it might be dangerous to Western Europe. And either way, it is likely to disrupt arms-control negotiations with the Soviets. All the same, we can't afford to stay out of it.

Contradictory though that sounds, it is a fair summation of European reaction to President Reagan's suggestion, repeated at this month's Bonn economic summit, that U.S. allies join the $26 billion research program to develop a space-based defense against Soviet missiles. Britain and Italy have both indicated a desire to help out; West Germany will send...

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