Why Arms Control Is Obsolete

Remember the Freeze? Ground Zero Week? The Day After? Remember when psychiatrists were blaming the Bomb for everything from violence to video games? It was barely a decade ago that America was in the grip of nuclear hysteria. Yet when, in London, Presidents Gorbachev and Bush dramatically announced the conclusion of START, the most substantial arms treaty in history, they were met with yawns.

Why? Because in the interim, it has become clear to even the woolliest that nuclear weapons are not the threat. The threat is the intent to use them.

That is why even the worst nuclear hysterics never...

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