Don't Freeze Before You Negotiate

Martin, David
February 1983
National Review;2/4/1983, Vol. 35 Issue 2, p117
The article focuses on the nuclear freeze movement in the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Several states and cities in the U.S. passed a variety of freeze referenda, which call for a freeze on nuclear-weapons levels. The nuclear protest movement, the Soviet Politburo and even U.S. President Ronald Reagan support this policy. The Reagan administration, for its part, wants to start the negotiations to determine the phase of the freeze. However, supporters of the nuclear freeze movement would like to forgo the negotiations and start the freeze. Yet history dictates that such a move would be dangerous for the U.S. Only the Soviet Union stands to gain from the freeze.


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